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.
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".
These included, the official continued, "Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias like Lebanese Hezbollah...and other extremist groups from the southwest area" that have "used the Syrian conflict over the last five years to increase their presence in this part of Syria, which has undermined the ceasefire and poses a threat to Jordan and Israel".
Israel on Sunday did not offer an official response to the tripartite agreement produced by Russian Federation, the USA and Jordan regarding on a cease-fire in southern Syria.
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It should be noted that Mr Moon, who took office only in May, has already received an invitation to visit Beijing. The countries earlier issued a joint statement vowing to put their ties back on the normal track.
Over the weekend IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot made an undeclared trip to Brussels to speak with the top U.S. general in Europe. Israel saw that the trio-agreement didn't respond to the Israeli demand to drive out Iranians and their militias from the border with Israel at Golan.
According to reports, the deal applies to Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria. He did not provide a timetable for the move.
A United States national security delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday for high-level meetings with Israeli counterparts to discuss the Syria ceasefire deal that Washington has struck with Moscow, despite reservations from the Israeli side on not going far enough in tackling Iran's presence in southern Syria.
Netanyahu declared that Iran knows Israel will "not accept" its permanent presence in Syria, adding "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".