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Netanyahu says to continue military operation in Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan.

Meanwhile, a a delegation from the US National Security Council was reported to have arrived in Israel for talks with security heads about the ceasefire agreement, Israeli media outlets reported.

A USA national security delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday for high-level meetings with Israeli counterparts to discuss the Syria ceasefire deal that Washington has struck with Moscow, despite reservations from the Israeli side on not going far enough in tackling Iran's presence in southern Syria.

Netanyahu's remarks follow that of the country's regional cooperation minister Tzachi Hanegbi, who expressed similar sentiment a day earlier.

Yet, the source continued that Israel shows concern over the absence of a timeline in the agreement, and the fact that secret agreements among parties can only guarantee distancing Iranians and militias to relatively short distance from the Israeli border at Golan.

The comments, carried by Russian news agencies RIA and Interfax, came following media reports that claimed that the United States 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.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the global community.

Israel signaled on Sunday that it would continue to carry out strikes across the frontier to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, which under the terms of the deal would reportedly be able to maintain military positions some five to seven kilometers from the border.

Speaking to a special session of the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow that Israel will act according to its "security needs".

"We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but with the regime in Iran, which holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel", Netanyahu said.

"I think that this growing closeness and consultation is first and foremost good for security and ultimately for peace", he added.

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