Russia, US, Israel Talks on Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
In July, meetings were held in Amman, Jordan and Europe, focusing on establishing safe zones on Syria’s border with Israel and Jordan, according to diplomats involved.
Israeli Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Mossad and IDF officials were involved. So were Trump’s envoys on Syria Michael Ratney and Brett McGurk. Alexander Lavrentiev and members of his team represented Russia.
Weeks earlier, Netanyahu expressed opposition to the Russia/US brokered southern Syria ceasefire deal, falsely claiming it “perpetuate(s)” Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country near Israel’s border, “chang(ing) the picture in the region from what is has been up to now.”
Russian forces were deployed to Daraa in southern Syria to monitor and try enforcing ceasefire in the area, multiple daily violations still occurring. US-supported terrorists reject the deal.
Netanyahu’s real objection is wanting nothing altering longstanding plans to eliminate Syria and Iran as sovereign independent rivals to Israel’s long sought regional dominance.
That’s what his concern is all about, not Iranian and Hezbollah influence near its borders, posing no threat to Israel’s security.
Sergey Lavrov rejected Netanyahu’s concerns, saying they were taken into consideration in arranging the deal. It limits Israeli unilateral actions against Syria.
During Amman and European meetings, Israel presented objections to the agreement, unacceptably demanding the removal of Iran and Hezbollah from the country.
Days after tripartite talks concluded, Moscow and Washington announced the ceasefire agreement, rejecting unreasonable Israeli demands, indicating details were being finalized.
Russian upper house Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said the Moscow/US ceasefire deal won’t be revoked to appease Israel. It’ll have to find a way “to live with this.”
The ceasefire said nothing about Iran and Hezbollah, instead expressed in general terms the need to prevent armed parties from foreign elements entering deescalation zones to be established along Syria’s border with Israel and Jordan.
US/Israeli talks continue, unlikely to change what was agreed on.
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