Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for action against Syria, as the US and its allies appear to be gearing up for a military strike against Damascus over a suspected chemical attack in Douma that it denies.
"The events of the last days teach that standing up to evil and aggression is a mission that is incumbent upon every generation," Netanyahu said at the opening ceremony of Israel's annual Holocaust commemorations.
"We saw the Syrian children who were slaughtered with chemical weapons. Our hearts were rent by the horrific sights."
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Netanyahu in a phone conversation to do nothing to destabilise Syria.
Netanyahu told Putin that Israel would press a campaign to prevent Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, his office said.
Syria, Iran and Russia say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.
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