Liberman in Elad
Liberman in EladDana Shraga/Foreign Ministry

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) took part Thursday in a ceremony to open a new area in the city of Elad for the construction of housing units.

During the ceremony Liberman was given an award on behalf of the city of Elad by Mayor Yisrael Porush.

In his speech, the defense minister referred to Iran's ascendancy in Syria and made it clear that Israel would not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in the war-tron country. The fact that Iran is trying to turn all of Syria into an outpost against the State of Israel, with military bases, with thousands of Shiite mercenaries imported from all over the Middle East into Syria, with the air force base and navy of the Revolutionary Guards, and the attempt to produce precision weapons in Lebanon - this is a situation which we cannot accept."

Liberman addressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday. "He did the right thing. First of all, we must exhaust all the diplomatic channels, and all we are currently trying to do is to make the most of these channels in order to solve the problem."

"I hope that we will be able to solve this issue at the diplomatic level, with the help of the international community and through vigorous activity in all directions [to ensure Iranian compliance. I hope we will not have to consider other options.

"In the end, this situation is unacceptable and intolerable, and the State of Israel will not accept Syria becoming a forward outpost directed entirely against the State of Israel. And we will not accept the production of weapons in Lebanon.

Liberman also stated that early elections are not on the horizon. "This is a stable government, with all the internal disagreements. Every government has disagreements, and every coalition has friction. But I think this is the most stable coalition and I have seen many coalitions."

"This is not my first time as a member of the government or a member of the coalition, and these look like the most stable circumstances I've ever seen. I'm sure we'll get back to work in the winter and work on the 2019 budget," Liberman said.