USA security team in Israel to discuss Syrian border deal

USA security team in Israel to discuss Syrian border deal

In a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq following the deadly natural disaster that struck the region earlier this week: "We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but with the regime that holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel".

Those reports were based on a joint presidential statement issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump which stated that the two leaders had reached a Memorandum of Principles on "the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area".

Meanwhile, a USA government official said Monday that Russian Federation agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces to a defined distance" from the Golan Heights border with Israel.

In addition to the Syria agreement, the officials are likely to discuss Iran's alleged construction of a military base less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Israel's Golan border.

Meanwhile, a a delegation from the US National Security Council was reported to have arrived in Israel for talks with security heads about the ceasefire agreement, Israeli media outlets reported. In the case, widely known in Israel as "the meals-ordering affair", Sara Netanyahu and Ezra Saidoff, deputy director of the Prime Minister's Office, allegedly created a false impression between 2010 and 2013 that no cook was employed in the office prime minister's residence, while in fact there were several chefs, according to the ministry.

The prime minister also said that Israel has offered humanitarian assistance to quake victims in Iran through the Red Cross.

These included, the official continued, "Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias like Lebanese Hezbollah...and other extremist groups from the southwest area" that have "used the Syrian conflict over the last five years to increase their presence in this part of Syria, which has undermined the ceasefire and poses a threat to Jordan and Israel".

On Saturday, Israel shot down a Syrian unmanned aircraft that it said tried to infiltrate Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the drone on the Syrian government.

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.

"If this works, this is an auspicious signal, would be an auspicious signal, that our policy objective - the objective that I think so many of us share, of getting these guys out of Syria ultimately - that there's a path in that direction", the official said.

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