Israel says it will strike in Syria despite truce

Posted November 16, 2017

Israel saw that the trio-agreement didn't respond to the Israeli demand to drive out Iranians and their militias from the border with Israel at Golan.

"I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week's quake, and I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble", Netanyahu told the annual General Assembly of the North American Jewish federation movement.

An official in the prime minister's office later said that the offer was immediately rejected. "And I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble", Netanyahu said.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel will not be constrained by the deal.

He added: "I've said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran".

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has put the United States and Russian Federation on notice that Israel will continue to take military action across the frontier in Syria, even as the two powers try to build up a ceasefire there.

It was not clear if Lavrov's comments related to reports that the deal would place restrictions on how close to the Israeli-Syrian border Iran-backed groups would be allowed to remain.

Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Eisenkot reportedly flew to Brussels in secret on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the US army's European Command, and discuss Iranian moves in Syria.

A spokesman said: "We have an important, strategic, strong, collaborative relationship with Israel, and U.S. government delegations routinely visit Israel to coordinate on a wide range of issues".

Netanyahu's offer was praised by Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition Yesh Atid party. Iran and its Shiite allies have sent forces to back President Bashar Assad, who appears to be on his way to victory after a devastating six-year civil war.