“Yes, Iran obviously sent a drone into Israel airspace. (But) Israel regularly violates the airspace of Lebanon and Syria,” Bildt, who is now the co-chair of European Council on Foreign Relations think tank, wrote on his twitter page on Sunday. His remarks came as the Iranian officials have several times dismissed flying drones over Israel, stressing the country’s advisory role in Syria.
He lambasted Netanyahu’s “belligerent language against Iran”, adding that they remind “how he with the same fervor and arguments spoke for war against Iraq before 2003”.
“As expected Netanyahu is on the warpath. (He) compares Iran nuclear agreement (signed in 2015) with Munich 1938. (He) does not seek peace,” Bildt said.
Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Netanyahu claimed that his regime could “act” directly against Iran, showing off what he called a piece of an Iranian drone which the Israeli military claims to have downed more than a week ago.
He brandished a rectangular chunk of dark green metal, which he called “a piece of that Iranian drone, or what’s left of it, after we shot it down.”
Earlier this month, Tel Aviv claimed that it had responded to the infiltration of an Iranian drone into the Israeli airspace.
Tehran has dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous,” while Damascus has said the Syrian army had launched the drone to track down the ISIL terrorists when an Israeli helicopter violated its airspace and shot it down.
Sticking to the Israeli account, Netanyahu said, “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.”
The Israeli regime has repeatedly carried out airstrikes against targets inside Syria which Damascus says are aimed at assisting terrorists fighting the Syrian government.
After the airstrikes, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly warned Netanyahu to avoid moves that could lead to “a new round of dangerous consequences for the region”.