Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Netanyahu says to continue military operation in Syria

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Netanyahu's words come two days after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they agreed to expand the July 7 ceasefire in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.

A US State Department official said Monday that 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.

Moscow did not immediately provide details on the deal.

Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and its proxy Hezbollah, in Syria.

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

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In a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq following the deadly quake that struck the region earlier this week: "We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but with the regime that holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel".

A week after Haaretz reported that Netanyahu would not be addressing the yearly gathering, officials at the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday that he would indeed would be interviewed by live satellite during the event.

The prime minister also said that Israel has offered humanitarian assistance to quake victims in Iran through the Red Cross.

Israel has largely stayed out of the war but has struck suspected weapon convoys to Hezbollah.

Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hezbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base".

Pressed by a reporter as to how exactly the Russians would convince the Iranians to withdraw from Syria entirely, the official described the memorandum as having "kind of extended that (earlier) progress to really turn the area into a de-escalation area", before reiterating that USA policy remains committed to a Syria "free of Iran, free of Hezbollah, free of all these militias that the Iranians have imported".


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