Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

British International Development Secretary Priti Patel attends a meeting with representatives from

British International Development Secretary Priti Patel attends a meeting with representatives from

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clarified that Israel will continue to intervene in Syria in accordance with its security interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that the Iranian presence in the war-torn state is legitimate.

"We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so", Mr Netanyahu said in public remarks to members of his right-wing Likud Party in Parliament on Monday.

Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow Monday that Israel will act according to its "security needs".

According to The Times of Israel, Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot made a secret trip to Brussels last Thursday to meet with General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the United States army's European command, to discuss Iranian influence in Syria. It comes after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin reaffirmed joint efforts to support a ceasefire in the Syrian region bordering Israel and Jordan.

The Iranian presence through proxies on Israel's border is seen "as a major strategic threat and - importantly - increasingly as one that can not easily be addressed by a paltry few kilometers of buffer near the Golan" he continued.

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. Those have targeted suspected Hezbollah or Iranian arms depots, or have been in retaliation for shelling from the Syrian-held Golan Heights.

The Israel Television News Company reported Sunday night that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot paid a secret visit secretly to the Commander of the European Command (UCO) of the US Army, General Curtis Scaparrotti last Thursday in Brussels, where Eizenkot and three top-ranking IDF officers debated Israel's responses to the Iranian advances in the Middle East, emphasis on Syria.

Israeli media quoted a USA 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.

"I think that this growing closeness and consultation is first and foremost good for security and ultimately for peace", he added.

Those distances would range from as little as 5km-7km up to around 30km, depending on current rebel positions on the Syrian Golan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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