JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said regarding the reported air raid in Lebanon on Monday night that Israel would do whatever it takes to defend its citizens.
Netanyahu, who made the first official response to the Lebanese media reports about an Israeli air raid near the Lebanese-Syrian border, did not confirm whether or not the report was true.
"Our policy on the issue is clear," Netanyahu said at a press conference in Jerusalem held with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is visiting the country.
"We will do whatever it takes to protect the safety of our citizens," he said.
There have been several reported Israeli air raids targeting weapons transfers in Syria and Lebanon in the past year. Although no Israeli official admitted to the raids, both Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that Israel would do whatever it takes to defend itself.
In May, Netanyahu said that Israel would not interfere with the Syrian civil war, but stressed the Israel's policy "to stop as much as possible any leaks of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations."
He added that Israel "will continue to act to ensure the security interests of the citizens of Israel."