Is­raeli PM: We will con­tinue mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in Syria

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Jerusalem: Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said on Mon­day he has in­formed the United States and Rus­sia that Is­rael would con­tinue to carry out mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Syria. Speak­ing dur­ing a weekly meet­ing of his right-wing Likud party in Jerusalem, Ne­tanyahu said that Is­rael is “con­trol­ling our bor­ders, we are pro­tect­ing our coun­try and we will con­tinue to do so.”

“I have made it clear to our friends, firstly in Wash­ing­ton and then also in Moscow, that Is­rael will take ac­tions in Syria, in­clud­ing in south­ern Syria, ac­cord­ing to our un­der­stand­ing and our se­cu­rity needs,” he said.

His words come two days af­ter a meet­ing be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, in which they agreed to ex­pand the July 7 cease­fire in the south-west­ern tri­an­gle bor­der­ing Is­rael and Jor­dan. Mr Ne­tanyahu has been urg­ing Mr Putin and Mr Trump not to al­low Iran and its proxy Hezbol­lah, a Le­banese Shi­ite mili­tia, to es­tab­lish per­ma­nent bases in Syria.

Is­rael and Syria share a dis­puted bor­der in the Golan Heights, a ter­ri­tory that Is­rael seized from Syria in the 1976 Mid­dle East War and an­nexed it later.

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