Netanyahu: today's meeting with Putin very important for Israel's security

14 July, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Graham's appeal came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and amid reports that US President Donald Trump was considering a deal with the Russian leader regarding the future of Syria.

According to the IDF, the attack was carried out in response to a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace earlier on Wednesday.

Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would continue its formal policy of non-interference in the Syrian civil war, so long as the 1974 Separation of Forces ceasefire agreement over the Golan Heights was upheld, while continuing to act against Iran and Hezbollah.

The drone, which had also overflown Jordan and appeared to have been unarmed and designed for surveillance, was downed near the Sea of Galilee at the Golan foothills in northern Israel, spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

In February, an Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed while attacking Iranian targets in Syria.

He added that military officials believe the drone was Syrian and that it could have been on an intelligence collecting mission, but it was not yet clear if it purposely entered Israel or strayed from its path.

For Israel, the medical aid programme can help win hearts and minds in border areas where the number of refugees has increased in recent weeks as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces advance in an offensive to recover southwest Syria.

"UAV from Syria intercepted by Patriot missile, causing sirens in Golan and Emek HaYarden Regional Councils", an army statement said. Iran, the adviser said, would "not allow Syria to become an arena for the activities of terrorist groups".

The Kremlin stated that the two leaders will meet to "cover current issues related to bilateral cooperation and also the worldwide agenda, including a Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria".

"There should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF", a United Nations spokesman said.

In the heaviest Israeli firing since the start of the Syrian War, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the strikes killed at least 23 military personnel, including Syrians and non-Syrians.


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