Russia, US and Jordan discuss need to preserve truce in Syria

Aaron Brown
May 30, 2018

Syria is planning offensives against rebels in the southwestern area of the country, near the Jordan border.

Israel has raised the alarm about Iran's expanding clout in the seven-year conflict, calling on Monday for its arch-foe to be denied any military presence in Syria.

The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to meet with European leaders next week and said that he intends to discuss Iran's nuclear power and find ways to block its "nuclear aspirations" and "Iran's spreading in the Middle East".

The US warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" in response to any violations of that ceasefire.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of the Israeli intelligence ministry, said he believed Russian Federation was growing frustrated with Iran's presence in Syria and was anxious that fighting between Israel and Iran would threaten Moscow's interests.

Israel is increasingly optimistic that it may be coming close to its longheld goal of driving a wedge between Russian Federation and Iran in Syria, a senior Israeli official said today.

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It was the first time since 1974 that there had been clashes over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, setting in motion a rush for mediation to prevent further outbreak.

Sources briefed on the trip told Israel's Channel 10 reporter Barak Ravid that the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the USA on how to deal with Iran.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported Syrian army movements into the south and state media have reported leaflet drops on rebel-held areas there urging insurgents to accept government rule, two signs a military offensive may be coming.

A senior Israeli official made clear that Netanyahu's government would not deem the exclusion of Iranian forces from the border region sufficient. The report said a Jordanian mediator carried messages between the sides.

Those strikes followed a barrage of some 32 rockets that were fired by Iranian forces in Syria towards Israel's part of the Golan Heights.

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