Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has put the United States and Russian Federation on notice that Israel will continue to take military action across the frontier in Syria, even as the two powers try to build up a ceasefire there.

Israeli officials are giving a lukewarm reaction to an worldwide agreement laying out principles for post-war Syria.

"I have also informed our friends, firstly in Washington and also our friends in Moscow, that Israel will act in Syria, including in southern Syria, according to our understanding and according to our security needs", he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on November 12, 2017. The distance would range from as little as 5-7 kilometers (3-4 miles) to around 30 kilometers (18 miles), depending on current rebel positions in the Syrian controlled area of the Golan Heights, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Tel Aviv revealed, Monday, a secret meeting held last week between IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and US General Curtis Scaparrotti in Brussels - it meant to discuss Iran's dominance in Syria and intention to impose its presence in the region via installing land and navy military bases.

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".

"While the U.S. [with Russia] has made the South-West de-escalation zone a priority in its Syria policy, it has no realistic means of actually rolling back Iranian influence across the border", said Mr Schneider.

Haaretz reported that IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot secretly flew to Brussels on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the USA army's European Command, to discuss Iranian moves in 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.

In Belgium, the senior officers met with Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who serves as both the head of the United States military's European Command and as supreme allied commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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