US President Donald Trump’s recent statements about Syria have alarmed Israeli officials and intelligence services, according to an Israeli report.
“It’s unfortunate that he isn’t paying attention to the evidence provided by the intelligence services,” said an unnamed senior Israeli official speaking to the Israeli Ynet news website on Thursday.
“We are in a state of shock.”
The statement was made in response to Trump’s earlier remarks, which some Israeli media outlets described as an American “policy change” on Syria.
“Iran is pulling people out of Syria, but they can frankly do whatever they want there,” said Trump.
Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria seems to contrast with the president’s own policy statements made earlier this year.
Speaking to the Washington Post in November, Trump stressed that protecting Israel was a reason why US forces were deployed in the Middle East. “We have reached a…