Israel could carry out a preemptive strike to thwart Iran’s military buildup in the northern sector, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday.

“I know that if Iran wants to entrench itself in the north, we can fight them,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. “We will do everything to defend the State of Israel. We are not ruling out a preemptive strike,” he said, the N12 website reported.

The IDF in recent years carried out numerous pinpoint strikes on Iranian arms shipments to Syria. However, Netanyahu’s remarks seem to hint to a more wide-ranging preemptive assault. Israel is also concerned about Iranian efforts to build precision-guided missiles in Lebanon.