Israeli Forces Shoot Down Drone on Syrian Border - IDF

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Meanwhile, Iran and Israel are preparing for the next phase. The idea of this temporary division is that these powers stop fighting and can later negotiate a final solution.

Elsewhere in his comments, the Israeli minister said that Tel Aviv had "set red lines" and that it would stand "firm" on them, alluding to the Israeli military strikes in Syria, carried out against suspected Hezbollah arms depots or in retaliation for attacks launched from the Syrian-controlled Golan. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. But he stressed that Israel is not a party to the agreement and will defend its interests. Israel has been closely watching Iran's involvement in the war in neighboring Syria.

However, even if the agreement between the major parties succeeds in suspending the fighting, we must be anxious of the indicators of a new phase of regional confrontations inside and outside Syria.

Furthermore, Israel's Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi told reporters after the meeting that the truce deal "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand that there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north". "We will not allow the establishment of a Shiite front on our border".

Satellite pictures show how the Revolutionary Guards built a series of military bases to be support and finance centers, and which would play the role of an Iranian highway that goes through Iraq into Lebanon. The aim of these threats is to face the new realities. The reason is of course obvious, and it's that the Syrian regime no longer has military capabilities as a result of its multiple defeats. Israel, Turkey and Iraq all have borders with Syria and are directly involved in the details of the solution and the forces from local and foreign militias that would control the lands.

Following the announcement of the previous ceasefire agreement in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia, Netanyahu came out against the deal, saying it did not sufficiently address Iran's military ambitions in the area. Israel says that it expects any agreement ending the war in Syria to include a 12-mile buffer zone meant to keep away Iranian-backed militants.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.

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