USA security team in Israel to discuss Syrian border deal

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's attorney general has said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife will be summoned for a hearing in January on suspicion of using state funds for personal expenditures.

The agreement, announced in a joint US-Russian statement Saturday, affirms a call for "the reduction, and ultimate elimination" of foreign fighters from southern Syria. The regime has built dozens of settlements in the area ever since and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.

According to The Times of Israel, Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot made a secret trip to Brussels last Thursday to meet with General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the USA army's European command, to discuss Iranian influence in Syria.

Back in April 2015, Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in the Syrian territory.

Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russian Federation try to build up a ceasefire in the area.

Israel has long accused Iran, its main enemy, of taking advantage of Syria's civil war to send its Revolutionary Guard and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah into southern Syria, close to the border with the Jewish state.




"There's reflection here of the understanding that Israel has set red lines, and will stand firm on this", Hanegbi said.

A week after Haaretz reported that Netanyahu would not be addressing the yearly gathering, officials at the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday that he would indeed would be interviewed by live satellite during the event.

On Saturday, Israel shot down a Syrian unmanned aircraft that it said tried to infiltrate Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria.

The Israel Television News Company reported Sunday night that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot paid a secret visit secretly to the Commander of the European Command (UCO) of the US Army, General Curtis Scaparrotti last Thursday in Brussels, where Eizenkot and three top-ranking IDF officers debated Israel's responses to the Iranian advances in the Middle East, emphasis on Syria.

Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hezbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base".

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