Over 2000 Afghans Deployed by Iran Killed in Syria

Over 2000 Afghans Deployed by Iran Killed in Syria

In an interview with Ynet's Hebrew-language site, Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz, following a cabinet meeting, would not relate to specifics discussed, but reiterated Israel's public position that it will not allow such a threat to become a fait accompli.

Ravid referred to comments made by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in October, warning that the next conflict in the north will not be confined to one front but will involve conflicts with both Syria and Lebanon.

"The prime minister is leading a multifaceted campaign to stop this [Iranian] entrenchment", Steinitz said, though he would not divulge anything of the content of the meetings.

Russia, which views Iran as a key player in resolving the crisis in Syria and has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the role that the Islamic Republic plays in the war-torn country, rejected a request from Jerusalem for a 60-kilometer buffer zone between the Golan Heights and any Iranian-backed militias in Syria, only agreeing to make sure that no Shi'ite fighter comes closer than 10-15 kilometers from Israel. "Israel must prepare for a new challenge ... on the northern front", he cited Liberman as saying.

Israeli security experts say that for now, Assad is refusing the Iranian demand to establish more military bases in his country. "Any developments will be due to Hezbollah, Assad's regime and all those collaborating with Assad's regime, along with the Lebanese army".

Channel 10 also reported that Netanyahu has recently held phone conversations with a number of world leaders to warn them of the danger posed by the Iranian military presence in Syria.

Over a 2,000 Iran-trained Afghan "volunteers" died in Syria during their participation in the fighting alongside the country's regime in the past five years, said an Afghan official according to Iranian media.

Other Israeli officials have publicly warned against the accumulation of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces at its border.

Asked how Israel is preparing for the "day after", Steinitz simply said, "Israel is preparing for the day before".

He noted the almost $1.5 billion that the country invests in its proxies in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and - increasingly - Palestinian terrorist groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Hamas, the ruling terror group in Gaza, did not even factor into Eisenkot's remarks.

The army chief did not provide the source for these figures.



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