Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria: Damascus state media

12 July, 2018, 05:55 | Author: Carlos George
  • Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman leads a faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party in the Knesset

In February Israel shot down an Iranian-operated drone that it tracked entering its airspace from Syria.

"Every visit like this is an opportunity for us to act together and try and stabilize the situation in our region and increase security and increase stability", Netanyahu said.

Asked by a reporter if he anticipated a time when the Quneitra crossing would be reopened under the United Nations -monitored armistice between Israel and Syria, and whether the two old enemies could establish "some kind of relationship", Lieberman said: "I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything".

Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent presence in a postwar Syria. Russian Federation has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war and its forces on the ground have managed to turn the tide in Assad's favor in recent years. In the past, Putin has turned a blind eye to Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria while making clear Moscow does not want Assad's rule endangered.

"They (Russia) have an active interest in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out".

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Israel launched a Patriot interceptor missile on Wednesday at a drone spotted approaching from Syria, the second such incident in as many months, the Israeli military said.

"It is very important to Israel's national security", he added.

Netanyahu called the meeting "substantive", noting the importance of preventing misunderstandings before they occur rather than afterward.

The Golan Heights was captured by Israel amid war in 1967 and illegally annexed in 1981. The 1974 agreement officially ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria. "In that context, we rely on peaceful diplomatic means to resolve any differences and expect both sides to show restraint".

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