Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

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USA officials are in Israel to discuss security concerns regarding the new ceasefire in Syria.

A U.S. -Russian statement Saturday affirmed an understanding calling for "the reduction and ultimate elimination" of foreign fighters.

The official said that on this point specifically, "the Russians have agreed to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance from opposition-held territory as well as the borders of the Golan in Jordan".

Moscow did not immediately provide details on the deal.

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.

Addressing the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that "all Jews should have access to the Western Wall".

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

Included in the investigation are accusations that Netanyahu - the country's 9th prime minister and the first to be born on Israeli soil - demanded that then-US Secretary of State John Kerry expedite US visas for friends; facilitated the sale of an Israeli media outlet to a business associate under favorable terms, and received a large block of tickets to a performance by US pop star Mariah Carey through an Australian intermediary in exchange for advantageous business terms, according to Haaretz.

The prime minister also said that Israel has offered humanitarian assistance to natural disaster victims in Iran through the Red Cross.

The comments, carried by Russian news agencies RIA and Interfax, came following media reports that claimed that the U.S. and Russia had struck a deal to limit pro-Iranian militias from encroaching on the Israeli and Jordanian borders in southern Syria and would eventually see all non-Syrian fighters purged from the country altogether.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem November 12, 2017. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the drone on the Syrian government.

Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hezbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base". Israel has said it will not accept a permanent military presence by Iran and its Shiite allies in Syria, especially near the Israeli border.

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