Israel Vows To Protect Borders From Anyone
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is determined to take action to prevent Tehran and pro-Iranian forces from establishing a military presence at the Israeli-Syrian border and elsewhere in the Arab Republic.
On Friday, June 15, Netanyahu held phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The two sides discussed developments around Syria with a focus on joint efforts to ensure security in the Syrian-Israeli border area, the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Both sides expressed readiness to boost coordination on the issue, including on countering international terrorism, according to the Kremlin.
“I reiterated our guiding principles regarding Syria. First of all, Iran needs to withdraw from all of Syria. Second, we will take action – and are already taking action – against efforts to establish a militarily presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria both close to the border and deep inside Syria.
“We will act against these efforts anywhere in Syria,” Netanyahu said commenting on his separate talks with Putin and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as quoted by his press service.
The situation around the northern borders of Israel and southern borders of Syria has been recently in the spotlight since the Syrian army has been planning an offensive to recapture its southern territories from militants.
Earlier in May, 2018, the Syrian forces reportedly airdropped leaflets demanding that local militants in the southern Daraa province surrender.
This area is part of the so-called ceasefire zone, which had been agreed upon by Jordan, Russia, and the US in 2017.
Russia has repeatedly said that only the Syrian government forces should be deployed near the country’s southern borders since the agreement to create a ceasefire zone in southwestern Syria stipulated the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces from the area.
Israel, in turn, has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the presence of Iranian and pro-Iranian forces and the Hezbollah movement in Syria.
In January, 2018, Israel several times attacked what it called the Iranian forces’ positions in Syria, citing aggressive actions on the part of the Iranian-backed militia in the Golan Heights, annexed by the country from Syria.
Meanwhile, reported that the government of Iran said on Tuesday, May 15, that Israeli operatives should be tried as war criminals over the “brutal massacre” of Gazan protesters on Monday, May 14.
Bahram Ghasemi, the spokesman to Iran’s foreign ministry said: “The killing of children, women and defenceless people of Palestine and the occupation of Palestinian lands has become the main strategy of the Zionists over the 70 years of occupation