Russian Federation and Israel 'reach a deal' with Assad on Syrian territory

An Iranian Air Force jet prepares for takeoff on a Syrian base

Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and former special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, said on Twitter Assad appeared to be offering to "get the Iranians to pull back from Golan" Heights, if Israel accepts it as Syrian.

The United States, Russia, and Jordan agreed previous year to include Daraa in a "de-escalation zone" and freeze lines of conflict there.

Sources said the two national security advisers will make changes to the agreement that reflect the "new reality" of the United States no longer being party to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said in remarks to the Knesset on Monday that Iran should be pressured to leave Syria altogether.

According to the report, Israel's Defense Ministry underlined Israel's view that the Iranian presence should be entirely eradicated from Syria, not only militarily and not only from the southern part of the country, but also from an economic standpoint as well.

Both Russia and Iran have played pivotal roles in helping reverse Assad's fortunes, and Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, last week reassured Tehran that a pullout was not up for discussion.




It was the first time since 1974 that there had been clashes over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, setting in motion a rush for mediation to prevent further outbreak.

The announcement came as it was reported that Syrian government forces were being sent to the area in preparation for an offensive.

A senior Israeli official made clear that Netanyahu's government would not deem the exclusion of Iranian forces from the border region sufficient.

One participant told Elaph that the Iranians "arrived at a quick agreement" that its forces would not intervene in fighting near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border, surprising the Israeli representatives.

In recent days, Israel and Iran are said to have passed a large number of messages via Jordan regarding the situation in Syria.

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