Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

Meanwhile, a U.S. government official said Monday that Russian Federation agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces to a defined distance" from the Golan Heights border with Israel.

Meanwhile, a a delegation from the US National Security Council was reported to have arrived in Israel for talks with security heads about the ceasefire agreement, Israeli media outlets reported.

The delegation includes officials from other US security agencies, and the meetings will be attended also by senior Israeli security officials, a USA official confirmed.

On Saturday, Russia and the USA announced a preliminary agreement on the terms of a ceasefire in southern Syria.

The US team is in Israel to discuss the ceasefire deal brokered by the US, Russia and Jordan, designed to reach a new cease-fire agreement in southern Syria that will create a "de-escalation zone" adjacent to Israel's border, where Iran and Hezbollah, its terror proxy, will not be allowed to establish a presence.

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"We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so", Mr Netanyahu said in public remarks to members of his right-wing Likud Party in Parliament on Monday. "I have also informed our friends, firstly in Washington and also our friends in Moscow, that Israel will act in Syria, including in southern Syria, according to our understanding and according to our security needs".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemingly dashed American hopes that Moscow will put pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria, in a statement on Tuesday.

A US State Department official has said Russian Federation had agreed " to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance" from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel and Syria share a disputed border in the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1976 Middle East War and annexed it later.

Israel has been carrying out occasional airstrikes against Syrian army positions.

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