Israel shoots down drone over Golan Heights

Satellite image of the compound

Also, Russian and Turkish president met earlier, while Iran and Israel prepare for the next phase.

A US State Department official said Russian Federation had agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance" from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.

"We have determined that it belonged to Syria".

All these express near-future arrangements to impose a fait accompli despite the expected worldwide agreement.

According to reports, the deal includes Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria.

Furthermore, Israel's Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi told reporters after the meeting that the truce deal "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand that there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north".

Israel, like other countries in the region, underestimated the Iranian infiltration into Syria.

Therefore, the new Israeli threats are against Hezbollah in both Lebanon and Syria and they aim to confront the new reality. Previous Israeli wars were launched against Hezbollah according to how much the party has piled up weapons and expanded - nearly every ten years.

As for Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns against the new realities and believes that "when Daesh is banished from a place, Iran replaces it". The reason is of course obvious, and it's that the Syrian regime no longer has military capabilities as a result of its multiple defeats.

Israel, Turkey and Iraq are states that share borders with Syria and are directly concerned with the solution details- such as which local and foreign militias control the situation on the ground. If it hadn't been for American warnings, Jordan would have been threatened with Iranian militias marching towards its borders from Daraa.

The reports on the new ceasefire agreement came after the BBC published satellite photos on Friday said to show the construction of a permanent Iranian military base in Syria.

This is the reality, and I do not know how the agreement for ending the war in Syria would tackle it; an agreement that would finish the presence of terrorist groups such Daesh, Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham, but fail to rid Syria from more unsafe regional militias.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.

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