Israel has denied the statement about the downed Russian drone

Israeli Forces Shoot Down Drone on Syrian Border – IDF

Also, Russian and Turkish president met earlier, while Iran and Israel prepare for the next phase.

The military said on Saturday that it had intercepted the drone above the Golan Heights and used a Patriot missile to shoot it down.

Following the announcement of the previous ceasefire agreement in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia, Netanyahu came out against the deal, saying it did not sufficiently address Iran's military ambitions in the area. All of these facts point to near-future arrangements that aim to impose facts on the ground regardless of the worldwide agreement expected later on. The military presence of Iran and its allies, in this magnitude, is establishing for a reality which threatens the entire region in general as well as Israel that has massive destructive military power and whose American ally vows to defend.

Like the rest of the region, Israel underestimated in the beginning the Iranian infiltration in Syria. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Yet, even if major forces agree upon suspending fights, we should be anxious about the new stage indicators of regional confrontations inside and outside Syria.




Israel has warned that it will not accept a permanent presence of Iran or its allied militias near its border in postwar Syria. This is why recent Israeli threats have been directed against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria. In addition, the previous Israeli wars were waged against Hezbollah according to piled up weapons and expansion - nearly every ten years.

In televised remarks opening Israel's weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new US-Russian arrangement for Syria. The reason is of course obvious, and it's that the Syrian regime no longer has military capabilities as a result of its multiple defeats.

A peace agreement is on the cards that will halt the fighting, but it will not address the pernicious influence of Iran and the foreign militias who will control large parts of the country. Jordan also faces the danger of the Iranian march toward its borders with the city of Daraa, had it not been for the American warnings.

Although Iran does not have borders with Syria, it has expanded the most there. Had it not been for the Russian air cover, the Iranian militias would not have been able to advance; rather, they would have faced nearly certain defeat.

Takfiri groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra have never attacked Israel despite operating close to Syria's borders with the occupied Palestinian territories over the past couple of years.

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