U.S. delegation visits Israel to soothe concerns over Syria ceasefire deal

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"We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so", Mr Netanyahu said in public remarks to members of his right-wing Likud Party in Parliament on Monday.

Netanyahu's words come two days after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they agreed to expand the July 7 ceasefire in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.

Netanyahu declared that Iran knows Israel will "not accept" its permanent presence in Syria, adding "I have clarified to our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this evening (Tuesday) that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq via the Red Cross in the wake of the major natural disaster that rattled the region.

In addition to the Syria agreement, the officials are likely to discuss Iran's alleged construction of a military base less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Israel's Golan border. It comes as Damascus aligned forces gain ground while helping the Syrian government battle the Sunni-led rebels.

A U.S. State Department official said Russian Federation had agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance" from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.

His regional cooperation minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, sounded circumspect about the deal, telling reporters that it "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand the there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north".

These included, the official continued, "Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias like Lebanese Hezbollah...and other extremist groups from the southwest area" that have "used the Syrian conflict over the last five years to increase their presence in this part of Syria, which has undermined the ceasefire and poses a threat to Jordan and Israel". Those have targeted suspected Hezbollah or Iranian arms depots, or have been in retaliation for shelling from the Syrian-held Golan Heights.

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