Trump's boss says Israel will continue to destabilize Syria

Trump's boss says Israel will continue to destabilize Syria

Meanwhile, a United States government official said Monday that Russian Federation agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces to a defined distance" from the Golan Heights border with Israel.

A team of US National Security Council (NSC) officials have arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss the new cease fire in southern Syria brokered by the US and Russian Federation, which Israel says is endangering its security. An Israeli official, briefed on the situation, said the move is aimed at keeping rival factions away from each other, but would also keep Iranian-linked forces away from the Israeli side of the disputed Golan Heights. For this, the secret meeting was interpreted as an Israeli concern from the trio-agreement among Russia, UK and Jordan on cease-fire in south Syria.

As the Russian-Iranian strategic partnership has deepened over the previous year, Lavrov has sought to play down the potential for a wider regional war arising from Tehran's role in Syria.

In a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq following the deadly natural disaster that struck the region earlier this week: "We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but with the regime that holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel".

It also affirmed what it said was a U.S. -Russian-Jordanian understanding calling for "the reduction and ultimate elimination, of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace".

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"We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so", Netanyahu said in a televised statement at the start of a meeting of his Likud party.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemingly dashed American hopes that Moscow will put pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria, in a statement on Tuesday.

Israel is apprehensive of the deal because it does allow anti-Israel forces to reach 7km (4.5 miles) from the border on the Golan Heights, a distance Jerusalem insists is not satisfactory for its security needs. At a State Department briefing on the agreement last weekend, one official said that the memorandum "enshrines the commitment of the US, Russia, and Jordan to eliminate the presence of non-Syrian foreign forces".

Israel has been carrying out occasional airstrikes against Syrian army positions.