Trump's boss says Israel will continue to destabilize Syria

Trump's boss says Israel will continue to destabilize Syria

Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines of the Syrian war, but officials have acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes on suspected weapons shipments to Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will not adhere to a ceasefire deal that includes the expulsion of foreign fighters from Syria, an official in the Prime Minister's Office said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has told the United States and Russian Federation that Israel will continue to take action across the Syrian frontier according to its security needs, even as the two powers try to build up a ceasefire. For this, the secret meeting was interpreted as an Israeli concern from the trio-agreement among Russia, UK and Jordan on cease-fire in south Syria.

In his first response to the agreement, Netanyahu said Monday he told both Washington and Moscow that Israel would continue operating in Syria.

Israel is apprehensive of the deal because it does allow anti-Israel forces to reach 7km (4.5 miles) from the border on the Golan Heights, a distance Jerusalem insists is not satisfactory for its security needs.

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In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 file photo, a Hezbollah fighter stands on a hill next to the group's yellow flag in the fields of the Syrian town of Assal al-Ward in the mountainous region of Qalamoun, Syria.

Moscow stated that it never promised that the pro-Iranian forces in Syria would retreat, Russia's RIA news agency reported Tuesday.

Russian Federation never promised the United States that Iran and Iranian-backed forces would withdraw from Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, adding that their presence in the war-torn country is legitimate. 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 saw that the trio-agreement didn't respond to the Israeli demand to drive out Iranians and their militias from the border with Israel at Golan.

United States officials confirmed the meetings would primarily cover the recent ceasefire deal.

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