Israeli Leader Seeks To Persuade European Powers That Iran Should Exit Syria

Israeli Leader Seeks To Persuade European Powers That Iran Should Exit Syria

Israeli Leader Seeks To Persuade European Powers That Iran Should Exit Syria

He will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the June 4-6 trip. "We are countering the Iranian military buildup in Syria that targets us and we are also acting against the [attempts to] transfer unsafe weapons from Syria to Lebanon", Netanyahu stated at the beginning of this week's government meeting.

He said he might also meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"These things, of course, reflect not only our position".

Citing Israeli security and diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, the report said that Russian Federation had chose to work toward removing Iranian troops from the area following a heavy Israeli bombardment of Iranian military targets in Syria on May 10.

Rebels have taken control of most of southwest Syria, which bordered the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, resulting in allied Iran-backed military and Syrian army troops to be pushed back in their own country.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's intelligence ministry, told journalists on Monday he believed recent events were convincing countries such as Russian Federation that allowing Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria was not worth it.

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After President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, USA and Israel apparently see a need to adapt the December agreement to the new reality.

Iran is estimated to have thousands of advisers and fighters in Syria as well as a number of bases, which have become regular targets for Israeli attacks.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu warned the leaders of Greece and Cyprus about Iran's ongoing efforts to expand its influence in the Middle East and threaten Israel's existence.

Germany, France and Britain have all expressed displeasure with Trump's decision to pullout of the nuclear arms deal with Iran.

Netanyahu added that he was also seeking to thwart the transfer of lethal weapons from Syria to Lebanon or their production in Lebanon.

On December 12 at the White House, the USA and Israel drafted a framework agreement that included the creation of joint teams to handle various aspects of the Iranian threat.

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