Netanyahu: Israel Opposes US-Russian Ceasefire Deal In Syria

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel is opposed to the recently agreed US-Russian ceasefire deal in Southern Syria.

After meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, Netanyahu told reporters that Tel Aviv totally opposes the truce agreement in southern Syria, which he alleges will consolidate Iran’s presence in the Arab country.

Netanyahu said the agreement perpetuates Iranian plans to set up a disruptive long-term presence on Israel’s northern border, something he has repeatedly vowed that the Jewish state will not tolerate.

Press TV reports:

A top Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that Tehran was interested in deploying extensive military forces including the establishment of an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base in Syria besides sending advisers to the Arab country.

The Israeli premier also discussed the truce deal with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by phone on Sunday night.

On July 7, Russia, the US and Jordan agreed to back a ceasefire in southwestern Syria and to establish a de-escalation zone covering the provinces of Dara’a, Suwayda and Quneitra, in an area bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The trilateral agreement on the cessation of hostilities was announced after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in the German city of Hamburg.

Netanyahu’s remarks revealed a major disagreement between Tel Aviv and the two great powers that had until now been kept under wraps and expressed only through quiet diplomatic channels.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says Tel Aviv and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups wreaking havoc in the country.

Israel regularly hits positions held by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights, describing the attacks as retaliatory. Damascus says the raids aim to help Takfiri militants fighting against government forces.

On several occasions, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting government forces. There are also reports that Israel has been providing medical treatment to the extremists wounded in Syria.

Last month, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concerns about a spike in contacts between Israeli armed forces and Syria militants in recent months, saying it could lead to escalation and cause harm to UN observers deployed to the Golan Heights.

 

  • John C Carleton

    Give this baby murdering SOB a fair trial, and a fair hanging for crimes against humanity/war crimes/theft, from the tallest cedar in Lebanon, and it would be a better, and more peaceful world.

  • Black Swan

    ” Two Nations support each other’s killing machines. The U.S. and Israel in lockstep against Peace, Stability, Equity and Justice. Run by Communist, Fascist and Socialist lunatics, waging war on Humanity, a murder cult, profiting from Racist Hate and Human Misery, Monsters vital to stop.” Stephen Lendman

  • mary

    so agree with you John another UGLY murderer

  • clarioncaller

    All this ‘peace talk’ interferes with Netanyahu’s ‘Greater Isreal’ project.

  • Joseph Kalman

    It’s the Golan Heights folks, Israel states it has a right to retain the Golan, citing the text of UN Resolution 242, which calls for “safe and recognised boundaries free from threats or acts of force”. However, the international community reject Israeli claims to title to the territory and regards it as sovereign Syrian territory.