'Israel will act in Syria according to its security needs,' Netanyahu says

'Israel will act in Syria according to its security needs,' Netanyahu says

Officials from the US National Security Council have also flown in for talks with Israeli security officials on the ceasefire agreement and Iran's growing threat to the region.

Describing Israel's security policy as the "right combination of firmness and responsibility", Netanyahu said Monday that he has "informed our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs".

Prosecutors involved with the bribery and money laundering case are now working out the details to an indictment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a wealthy businessman whose collaborators have been tied to the notorious Panama Papers that reveal how the rich hide assets from tax collectors, cited by Haaretz.

Russia has not promised to ensure a withdrawal of pro-Iranian forces from Syria, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.

According to reports, the deal applies to Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria. 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. Needless to say, the Israeli defense apparatus is unhappy, realizing there is no willingness on the part of the super powers o actually challenge Iran's expansionism in Syria. Israel has said it will not accept a permanent military presence by Iran and its Shiite allies in Syria, especially near the Israeli border. Israel said that the agreement fell short of its security demands.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot speaks with new recruits to the army's Golani Brigade at the Tel Hashomer base on July 23, 2017.

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.

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