Is Israel Headed toward a Conflict with Iran in Syria?

(Ynet News) Alex Fishman - The Iranian regime isn't taking the public warnings issued by Israeli defense establishment heads seriously and is searching for a military airport near Damascus that would serve as a base for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards combat squadrons. At the same time, the Iranians and the Syrians are making progress in the talks for an autonomous Iranian military pier in Tartus port. Israel, however, has made it clear both to the Iranians and the Syrians, as well as to the Russians, that it will not allow any Iranian presence in Syria, especially warplanes or an Iranian pier in Tartus port. When Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu arrives in Israel later this month, Israel will ask the Russians to prevent the establishment of Iranian bases in Syria and the renewed activity of a missile production facility in Syria that was hit in a mysterious bombing several weeks ago. Israel will also ask the Russians to ensure that the permanent agreement in Syria would include a return of the Golan Heights to the 1974 disengagement agreements, which require full demilitarization of a 5-km. strip from the border and a dilution of forces inside Syria. So far, the Russians have rejected the Israeli requests on all issues related to the Iranian deployment in Syria.

2017-10-09 00:00:00

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