'Assad safe from Israel if Iran removed from Syria,' Netanyahu tells Putin

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But it has carried out scores of air strikes on suspected Iranian or Hezbollah deployments and arms transfers in Syria, and only hours after the latest batch of patients came across, sirens sounded in the Golan when an Israeli missile intercepted a drone from Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to leave Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

Russian Federation is Assad's big-power backer in the seven-year-old civil war.


The UAV flew 10 km over Israeli territory and was shot down by a Patriot missile south of Lake Kinneret in northern Israel. "The IDF will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".

Syrian state media said the missiles targeted positions around Hader village in the southern province of Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel has been on high alert as Syrian government forces advance on rebels in the vicinity of the Golan, worrying Assad could let his Iranian allies entrench near its lines. In 1981, the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) adopted the law "On the Golan Heights", which unilaterally proclaimed Israel's sovereignty over this territory.


That position is shared by most United States lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, many of whom are now concerned that when President Donald Trump meets with Putin early next week, he might make some kind of deal that leaves Syria in the hands of the Russians, and their Iranian allies.

Israel is especially concerned about Iran's military presence in Syria.

He added that Israel expects Syria to strictly observe a 1974 deal that set out a demilitarized zone along their frontier and limited the number of forces each side can deploy within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the zone.


Israel has launched a campaign against, what it claims, to be Iranian targets in Syria in recent months. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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