Is­rael Warns Iran, Hezbol­lah Not to Abuse Syria Cease­fire

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS (TPS)

Is­rael will con­tinue to up­hold its red lines in Syria, Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu said Sun­day as a Rus­sian-Amer­i­can-Jor­da­nian bro­kered cease­fire went into ef­fect in the south­west of the war-torn coun­try, in­clud­ing in ar­eas run­ning along the Golan Heights bor­der.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor de­vel­op­ments beyond our bor­ders while strongly up­hold­ing our red lines: Pre­vent the strength­en­ing of Hezbol­lah via Syria, with em­pha­sis on the ac­qui­si­tion of pre­ci­sion weapons, pre­vent Hezbol­lah – or Ira­nian forces – from es­tab­lish­ing a ground pres­ence along our bor­der, and pre­vent the es­tab­lish­ment of an Ira­nian mil­i­tary pres­ence in Syria as a whole,” Ne­tanyahu said at the weekly Cab­i­net meet­ing.

While adding that Is­rael wel­comes a cease­fire, Ne­tanyahu added that it must not “en­able the es­tab­lish­ment of a mil­i­tary pres­ence by Iran and its prox­ies in Syria in gen­eral and in south­ern Syria in par­tic­u­lar.”

Ne­tanyahu said he held “deep dis­cus­sions” on the mat­ter last week with United States Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

“Both told me that they un­der­stand Is­rael’s po­si­tion and will take our de­mands into ac­count,” he said.

Ne­tanyahu has is­sued a se­ries of warn­ings to Iran over the past month: I have one mes­sage for Iran: Don’t threaten Is­rael,” Ne­tanyahu said on June 19, af­ter Iran fired cruise mis­siles at ISIS tar­gets in Syria, later hint­ing that the strike was also a mes­sage to Is­rael; on June 25 Ne­tanyahu said Is­rael views with “great sever­ity” Iran’s at­tempts “to estab­lish mil­i­tary bases in Syria and to equip Hezbol­lah with ad­vanced weapons through Syria and Le­banon.”

The cease­fire in­cludes the prov­inces of Daraa, Suwaida and Quneitra; the lat­ter is close to Is­rael’s Golan Heights bor­der with Syria and was the scene of heavy fight­ing in re­cent weeks, in­clud­ing spillover of fire into Is­raeli ter­ri­tory fol­lowed by IDF re­tal­ia­tory strikes.

Ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a UK-based mon­i­tor­ing group, “calm pre­vailed” over the area from Satur­day af­ter­noon prior to the cease­fire com­ing into ef­fect at dawn on Sun­day.

Is­rael will con­tinue to up­hold its red lines in Syria, Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu said Sun­day as a Rus­sian-Amer­i­canJor­da­nian bro­kered cease­fire went into ef­fect in the south­west of the war-torn coun­try, in­clud­ing in ar­eas run­ning along the Golan Heights bor­der. Photo Credit: Andrew McIn­tire/TPS

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