Caution over Russian Call for Foreign Forces to Leave Syria

(Twitter) Amos Yadlin - The Russian call for all foreign forces to leave Syria is a positive development with respect to the threat posed by Iranian entrenchment there. That being said,it is important to remember that the Iranians were not party to that announcement and Assad did not ask them to leave. The agreement reported tonight is relevant only to the Syrian regime's efforts to regain southern Syria. The campaign will be waged without Iran or Hizbullah, who will be distanced from the border. The core of the Iranian threat are advanced, accurate, long-range ballistic missiles positioned beyond the Golan Heights, and that issue has not yet been resolved. Israel should continue the effort to prevent it, despite all the risks that come along with that. There are three red lines for Iran in Syria: qualitative (ballistic missiles with advanced guidance systems); quantitative (Shia militias); and geographic - which the U.S. and Russia agreed to resolve in an important understanding between them. Enforcement or any sort of agreement to ensure that the Iranians or Hizbullah do not cross the quantitative or qualitative Israeli red lines has yet to be achieved.

2018-05-29 00:00:00

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