Iranian Presence in Syria Is Legitimate, Russia Says Amid Israeli Concerns

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

Israeli media quoted a U.S. official as saying that all non-Syrian fighters, including Iranian sponsored forces, would be expelled from the area near Israel's border and eventually from all of Syria.

Representatives of other security branches will also participate in the discussions, which are slated to be held days after Russian Federation, the US and Jordan signed an agreement on a cease-fire in southern Syria. But, according to Reuters, Israel signaled on Sunday that it would continue to attack inside Syrian territory to block Iranian satellite forces at its door, no matter what the super powers are ready to sacrifice to reach a ceasefire in southern Syria.

A team of US National Security Council (NSC) officials have arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss the new cease fire in southern Syria brokered by the US and Russian Federation, which Israel says is endangering its security. However, it does not set a timetable.

Russian Federation never promised the United States that Iran and Iranian-backed forces would withdraw from Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, adding that their presence in the war-torn country is legitimate.

The other part those genius peacemakers at the Pentagon permitted was for Iran's armies to deploy 12 to 3 miles from Israel's border - according to Ha'aretz. Lavrov said Iran's presence in Syria is "legitimate", according to the Interfax news agency.

Tel Aviv revealed, Monday, a secret meeting held last week between IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and US General Curtis Scaparrotti in Brussels - it meant to discuss Iran's dominance in Syria and intention to impose its presence in the region via installing land and navy military bases.

Yet, the source continued that Israel shows concern over the absence of a timeline in the agreement, and the fact that secret agreements among parties can only guarantee distancing Iranians and militias to relatively short distance from the Israeli border at Golan.

"I have clarified to our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs", Netanyahu said, describing Israel's security policy as "the right combination of firmness and responsibility".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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