Lavrov to discuss bilateral relations, regional situation during visit to Israel
Jul 24 2018
On July 11 the Israeli PM met with the Russian leader in Moscow, calling this contact as very important.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the proposal of the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on the establishment of a 100-kilometer demarcation zone between Israel and Syria.
The official said that Netanyahu told Lavrov "we will not allow the Iranians to establish themselves even 100 kilometres from the border".
The talks, Netanyahu said in a statement, would tackle "regional issues - first and foremost, the situation in Syria".
Also on Sunday, hundreds of Syrian "White Helmet" rescue workers and their families fled advancing government forces and crossed into the occupied Golan Heights, before arriving in Jordan with the help of Israel and Western allies.
Israel's main concern is to keep Iran, which is fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as far away from its border as possible - along with its terror proxy, the Lebanese Hezbollah and other militia.
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It was Israel's first published operational use of the mid-range missiles, which are jointly manufactured by U.S. firm Raytheon Co.
Like Tehran, Moscow supports Assad in the war, but Netanyahu has held a series of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent months on Syria and Iran.
Russian Federation has said that it wants to see the separation of forces on the frontier preserved.
As a condition of accepting the return of the Syrian army to the border region, Netanyahu said Israel is demanding strict adherence to a 1974 disengagement deal that created a buffer zone patrolled by United Nations forces between Syria and Israel.
Iran is Israel's arch-enemy and Netanyahu has pledged to keep it from entrenching itself militarily in Syria. When Israeli sensors realised they would land on the Syrian side, David's Sling was given an abort order for the interceptors to self-destruct in mid-air.
SANA said, citing a military source, that the Israeli strike in the city of Masyaf had caused only material damage.