Israel Rejects Cease-fire Deal Between U.S. And Russia In South Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

One month after the WSJ reported that Israel had been secretly funding the Syrian rebel opposition to Assad's regime for years in hopes of keeping the Syrian political situation unstable and preventing the Syrian - and Iranian - regime's military from becoming a substantial threat, overnight Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday that Israel opposes the cease-fire agreement in southern Syria that the United States and Russia reached "because it perpetuates the Iranian presence in the country."

Quoted by Haaretz, a senior Israeli official said Israel "is aware of Iranian intentions to substantially expand its presence in Syria", and added that Iran is not only interested in sending advisers to Syria but also in dispatching extensive military forces including the establishment of an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base. "This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been up to now," the official said.

Which considering that most if not all of Syria's victories in the ongoing parallel proxy wars with both ISIS and the various "moderate" and not so "moderate" rebel groups were courtesy of Iran and specifically the IRGC, is to be expected. Still, by openly voicing his opposition to one of the most significant moves the United States and Russia have made in Syria in recent months, Netanyahu made public a major disagreement between Israel and the two great powers that had until now been kept under wraps and expressed only through quiet diplomatic channels. Netanyahu said he had discussed the cease-fire deal with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by phone Sunday night.

As a reminder, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed on the cease-fire on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg last week. In a tweet published shortly after the truce came into effect last week, Trump tweeted: "We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!" 

One week later, however, the truce faces the daunting hurdle of Trump's biggest ally in the region openly opposing what may be the US president's biggest diplomatic achievement to date.

In addition to the ceasefire, the U.S.-Russian deal included establishing de-escalation zones, otherwise known as safe zones, along Syria’s borders with both Jordan and Israel.

According to Haaretz, over the past month, Israel had held talks on this agreement with senior American officials, including Brett McGurk, America’s special envoy for the battle against ISIS, and Michael Ratney, the special envoy for Syria, both of whom visited Israel several times. During these talks, Israel presented a list of demands and voiced several reservations about the emerging agreement. Among others, Israel said that the de-escalation zones must keep Iran, Hezbollah and other Shi’ite militias away from the Israeli and Jordanian borders and must not enable Iran to consolidate its presence in Syria. Israel also told the Americans it objected to having Russian troops policing the cease-fire in the safe zones near its border.

Curiously, Haaretz notes that Israel was a vocal member of the negotiations that took place over the Syrian ceasefire, and in the days before the United States and Russia announced the cease-fire deal for southern Syria, Netanyahu spoke by telephone with both Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate Israel’s positions on the agreement. At the start of the cabinet meeting on July 9, Netanyahu said that both Putin and Tillerson had told him they understand Israel’s position and will take its requirements into account.  However, when Jerusalem obtained the text of the deal, it discovered to its surprise that the Americans and Russians "had ignored Israel’s positions almost completely."

 “The agreement as it is now is very bad” one senior Israeli official said. “It doesn't take almost any of Israel's security interests and it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria. The agreement doesn’t include a single explicit word about Iran, Hezbollah or the Shi’ite militias in Syria.”

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What Israel's opposition to the Syrian ceasefire means, is unclear. While the deal is surprisingly still holding one week after its implementation, perhaps the longest period of time a Syrian ceasefire has held for the duration of the country's 6-year war, with Israel voicing its non-compliance, it is possible that it will be none other than Netanyahu who breaches the terms of the agreement should Israel feel "threatened" by Hezbollah, or other Shi'ite militias.

Whether that will force Trump to choose between Putin and Netanyahu is open to debate.  However, it likely means that now that the Syrian war is slowly fading away, the region's longest-simmering, dominant conflict, that between Iran and Israel, is about to retake its rightful place.

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knukles's picture

Wait gimme what the hold the boat
How'd Israel get involved here?

kliguy38's picture

dummy....you have to get "prior approval".....lol

knukles's picture

Would everybody just quit pissing and moaning about this and that so we can get the bloody gas pipeline completed?
Focus Goddamn it, focus!

blueyefinity@yahoo.com's picture

Nothing new here.

We know the kikesters are the usual troublemakers. Not only in ME, but also all over the western word.

Embrace diversity: brought to you everywhere by the chosen scum.

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Art Van Delay's picture

Putin, you have my blessing to turn that parch of sand Israel into whatever you want.

As long there's no organic matter left.

apadictionary's picture

look out for a chemical gas false flag soon.

evoila's picture

See what good comes about when Kushner is nowhere to be found. Trump is way better than HRC, but Kushner is a real problem. People need to be more vocal about getting that guy as far away as possible from the oval office.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Clearly Israel is trying to vet an agreement negotiated personally by the leaders of the USA and Russia.

What else do you need to know?

 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Here's what you need to know, the etymology of the words:

Iran

and

Aryan

are closely linked.  Iranians are... White people!  Syrians for the most part are also white people...  And yet someone wants us to fight them... Gee, I wonder what the reason for that could be?

Vimes's picture

Because  "white people " are in general productive, organised and inquisitive. We collect capital and harvest labour. We fight amongst ourselves to be on top. What wars were fought in the last 100 years that were not between whites?

FixItAgainTony's picture

depends on what you consider "white"

Zorba's idea's picture

Benny and the jets will likely target Assads tallest skyscraper... trust Benny, he's the expert at FF's

BennyBoy's picture

 

Fuck Isreal and their over 800 atomic weapons.

Peace!

Billy the Poet's picture

In recognition of the Samson Option I give you Almost Cut My Hair:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVsbqVJLFow

Placerville's picture

Theyr're already getting it through the back door via Turkey from ISIS.

Fuck Israel

HowdyDoody's picture

This tells you all you need to about what the Kurds are up to.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_fiZwGmQRQlo/Szi9VxYCuSI/AAAAAAAAA8Q/uI8PKg7h2C...

Also nobody talks about the Kurds part in the Armenian Genocide. Kurds helped with the dirty work. Now they are ethnically cleansing Arabs in the areas they have taken with heavy assistance from US Marines, US SF and the USAF. Old habits die hard.

SilverRhino's picture

Fresh out of give a fucks regarding their "Security Concerns" 

Let THEM fight it out with Syria and Russia, we'll see how well that goes. 

 

Truther's picture

“The agreement as it is now is very bad” one senior (Israeli) Zionist official said. “It doesn't take almost any of (Israel's )Zionist's security interests and it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria.

Yeah, the only fucking reality is your fucking apartheid hegemony and Zionist rule over humanity, bitch.

Fuck you BiBi. You were not even born in Israel you cuck.

 

Blankone's picture

Perhaps another interpretation of this released statement.

Israel does benefit greatly from this agreement and even pushed it. It allows the US and Jordan to place troops in the region and to "police" the region. This of course means military control. It also means the US/Jordan/NATO can now place military bases and outposts in the region and to do so legally, as per this agreement Syria has given permission and has given up any claim regarding sovereignty violation.

But even though Russia has convinced Assad/Syria to give up control to the US (acting on behalf of Israel), instead of be satisfied, Israel is pushing for MORE. Of course. So Israel is preserving the right to bomb the area, attack Hezbollah, attack any Iranian forces who venture into the area and to push the 'attack Iran soon' language.

I would like to note that the area in question extends close to Damascus. The question is, to what extent has Putin betrayed Syria, is this first step in the breaking up of Syria include handshake agreements for the remainder, was this announcement by Israel that shows they will continue to bomb when they wish part of a wink wink understanding with Putin or was Putin out played?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

It also means the US/Jordan/NATO can now place military bases and outposts in the region and to do so legally, as per this agreement Syria has given permission and has given up any claim regarding sovereignty violation.

Bullshit.

The question is, to what extent has Putin betrayed Syria, is this first step in the breaking up of Syria include handshake agreements for the remainder, was this announcement by Israel that shows they will continue to bomb when they wish part of a wink wink understanding with Putin or was Putin out played?

Ummm, no. The question is, who is paying Blankone to vomit this garbage?

BarkingCat's picture

Funny I read about halfway through and scrolled back up to check if it was him.

While from time to time he is accurate, it is purely by coincidence.

Blankone's picture

Here is one link:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-09/us-russian-ceasefire-deal-goes-...

There are others on RT. US and Jordanian troops will be deployed to the areas covered by the ceasefire. Of course Russia has always had the legal ability to deploy troops there as Syria had permitted it, but Russia did/would not. So the big change is that Syria has agreed to the deployment of US and Jordanian forces. Among other things these forces are to control and monitor movements between towns. Look at the map and notice how this puts US troops right outside Damascus.

The deployment of troops will of course result in the building of secure bases. And yes, by taking Putin's advice Syria has given up any complaints about sovereignty. They are there by agreement of Syria. Good luck removing those bases once built.

But surprise, Israel is not party to the ceasefire and will continue to bomb Syrian forces as before.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

US and Jordanian troops will be deployed to the areas covered by the ceasefire.

No kidding...

Of course Russia has always had the legal ability to deploy troops there as Syria had permitted it, but Russia did/would not.

Huh? Russian sappers helped to clear out explosives and booby traps in eastern Aleppo and have been performing other tasks as well. Your statement is not specific enough to have made any valid point.

So the big change is that Syria has agreed to the deployment of US and Jordanian forces.

No. The agreement is between the US and Russia. There is no relinquishing of sovereignty or any other such nonsense.

Look at the map and notice how this puts US troops right outside Damascus.

No, it does not.

The deployment of troops will of course result in the building of secure bases.

So you claim. Do you have anything to back this up, other than assertions?

And yes, by taking Putin's advice Syria has given up any complaints about sovereignty.

No, you're just being silly. As usual.

Blankone's picture

This from Shemp's comments:

"No. The agreement is between the US and Russia. There is no relinquishing of sovereignty or any other such nonsense."

Well, that would mean that little devil Putin negotiated the bringing in of foreign troops to Syria without respecting the sovereignty of Syria. Which of course would show Putin has plans for Syria that will go forward without Assad's approval.

The article I linked shows the zone which will have US troops does extend right up to Damascus.

First a few sappers is not that same as deploying large numbers of troops to take direct control. And besides, I was referring to SW Syria, any ruskies down there?

You believe Putin agreed to bring in US and Jordanian troops without the approval of Assad. What a stab in his back.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

The article I linked shows the zone which will have US troops does extend right up to Damascus.

It shows no such thing.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Russia just sent military troops in the area.

Mr. BlankoneStein ,you are wrong .Again. And again.

Shalom!

Vimes's picture

Perhaps? I am quite sure it is. The problem is that in war everything is fluid and as long as Iran has an expanding presence Israel will keep it's guard up. Can the U.S. really keep the Iranian operatives under control? I don't know what will happen next but winning the U.S. over at this point in time, it certainly feels like the a small victory for the Russians to me.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Can you ventilate your usual BS on another site? Bc here,most don't even bother to read it.

War and Fleece's picture

Um, it has a shared border. Golan Heights. Pretty straight forward security reaction.

Billy the Poet's picture

One can see how holding on to occupied territory would be a concern for Israel.

Angry White Guy's picture

Most zombies walking the dirt in America have no clue what you're talking about...by design I imagine.

eatapeach's picture

And Jonathan Pollard and the Lavon Affair and Jane Harman and...

Tallest Skil's picture

Eat shit, shill. Israel has absolutely fucking nothing to do with a deal between two other sovereign nations. In reality, of course, we know that you're shilling to cover up the Oded Yinon Plan.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Hey,a$$hole,Golan Heights is Syrian teritory. And,there is a UN resolution not recognizing Israhell's occupation. Of course,the shitty little country(or occupied Palestine) does not care  and has "settlements" there(bc it has stupid muricans like you paying with billions and blood to protect its crimes)

Cynicles II's picture

The US is israel's bitch, or war dog.

butyou know this

WillyGroper's picture

rofl

little red circles around the goat's horns.

Jim in MN's picture

It's time for Israel and the Saudis to learn that they are NOT regional powers.

HRClinton's picture

"It's time for Israel and the Saudis to learn that they are NOT regional powers."

And that neither Russia nor the US need or want their approval, blessing or permission.

Well, Russia doesn't.  The US Admin first needs to check with its bosses (AIPAC and Bibi).

 

Squilliam Fancyson's picture

No need for laughing out loud, your avatar says it all *lol*

doctor10's picture

Surprize Suprize!!!! (Where's that Gomer Pyle pic anyway?!!)

FatTony7915726's picture

I knew that jumanji was pulling the strings all along yet pretending to be neutral.

subversion's picture

"oy vey that's our land goyim.....give it back"

-The terrorist planners for a greater Israhell

veritas semper vinces's picture

The so called "only democracy" in ME(as they call themselves) does not want peace. Let this sink in. This shitty ,criminal,apartheid little country is going to get what it deserves. And I'm going to celebrate this