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Negative developments would have to be addressed, he added.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Israel won't "compromise on the security of the northern front."
On January 29, Al-Monitor said IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi traveled to Washington to meet US Pentagon officials. Whether doing so is connected to Israel's attack isn't clear.
Netanyahu held recent security meetings. Discussions focused on Syrian and Lebanese issues. Cabinet members were told:
"It is necessary to look at our surroundings, both at what is happening with Iran and its proxies, and what is happening in other arenas - lethal weaponry in Syria, which is steadily breaking up."
Israel Air Force commander, Major General Amir Eshel, said Syria is "falling apart. Nobody has any idea right now what is going to happen in Syria on the day after, and how the country is going to look."
"This is happening in a place with a huge weapons arsenal, some of which are new and advanced, and some of which are not conventional."
On January 20, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile said "Israeli aircraft target(ed) Hizbollah missiles in Zabadani. S. Syria."