USA delegation in Israel to soothe concerns over Syria ceasefire deal

Posted November 16, 2017

"So I am proud to announce tonight that a few hours ago I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster", Netanyahu told the Jewish Federations of North America's annual General Assembly in Los Angeles.

Netanyahu told the gathering that the assistance from Israel was meant to show the state's commitment to friendship with the people of Iran and Iraq, despite the activities of their governments.

"I just saw the pictures of the destruction in Iran and Iraq from this week's natural disaster".

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Today (Wednesday), Shaykh Muwaffak Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel, officially requested an urgent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in light of recent events in the Golan Heights.

An official from the Prime Minister's Office, however, said Netanyahu's gesture was turned down immediately.

Netanyahu previously said in several occasions that most Arab countries no longer see Israel as their enemy but as a "vital ally" in the fight against "terrorism either led by Daesh or led by Iran". "And all of you can be proud of Israel's morals, and Israel's might".

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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.

Israel also offered help fourteen years ago, in the aftermath of another devastating quake, which hit the Iranian city of Bam. 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.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported that in their meetings the U.S. officials will address Iran's influence and the situation in southern Syria.

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"Any agreement or policy that allows Iran to station forces on or near Israel and Jordan's border does not serve United States interests".