- Israel Rejects Cease-fire Deal Between U.S. And Russia In South Syria
by Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com
One month after the WSJ reported that Israel had been secretly funding the Syrian rebel opposition to Assad’s regime for years in hopes of keeping the Syrian political situation unstable and preventing the Syrian – and Iranian – regime’s military from becoming a substantial threat, overnight Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday that Israel opposes the cease-fire agreement in southern Syria that the United States and Russia reached “because it perpetuates the Iranian presence in the country.”
Quoted by Haaretz, a senior Israeli official said Israel “is aware of Iranian intentions to substantially expand its presence in Syria”, and added that Iran is not only interested in sending advisers to Syria but also in dispatching extensive military forces including the establishment of an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base. “This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been up to now,” the official said.