Israel, Russia Reach 'Understanding' on Iranian Presence in Syria

Posted May 30, 2018

Martin Indyk, former USA ambassador to Israel and former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, said on Twitter Assad appeared to be offering to "get the Iranians to pull back from Golan" Heights, if Israel accepts it as Syrian.

Jordan also weighed in saying it has discussed developments in southern Syria with Washington and Moscow and that all three parties agreed on the need to preserve a "de-escalation" zone that was brokered past year.

The understanding was reached and finalized in a discussion last Friday between Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Mr Tzuriel said he believed that the Israeli strikes - combined with America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and economic discontent within Iran - were fueling tensions between Iran and its Russian and Syrian allies. In short, the Iranian presence in Syria should be eliminated in its entirety.

"Our position on Syria is clear", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks.

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Iran pledged to stay out of fighting in southwestern Syria during talks with Israel that took place in Amman, Jordan, according to Elaph, a Saudi-owned website as reported by Ma'ariv. The Iranians denied they had fired any rockets.

Iran's ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Mostafa Moslehzadeh, reportedly received instructions from senior officials to conduct the negotiations with Israel in Amman.

Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have clashed with Sunni rebel groups in Daraa, a region on the border with both the Israeli Golan Heights and Jordan's northern border.

Jordanian officials served as mediator, shuttling messages between the two rooms, according to the report.

‎"On the other hand, Israel made it clear ‎to the Syrians, and especially to the Iranians, that ‎it would not allow Iranian forces to operate alongside the Syrian army in Daraa and Quneitra, ‎even at the price of a security escalation that ‎could lead to a direct military confrontation with ‎Iran".

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