'Assad safe from Israel if Iran removed from Syria,' Netanyahu tells Putin


Syrian military air defenses thwarted missiles that Israeli aircraft fired at army positions in Quneitra province in the early hours of Thursday, state media said.

Last month, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier, and in February Israel shot down what it said was an Iranian drone that entered its airspace.

"The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty".

He said the UAV had been tracked long before it entered Israel, flying through both Jordanian and Syrian air space.

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Israel has threatened to open fire at any Syrian government forces that try to deploy in a demilitarised Golan buffer zone set up under a 1974 United Nations -monitored armistice.

The Israeli military said Wednesday that it holds the Syrian regime responsible for what it happens on Syrian territory and warned it against attacking Israeli forces.

The anonymous Israeli official said Russian Federation was working to distance Iranian forces from the Golan and had proposed that they be kept 80 kilometres away but that this fell short of Israel's demand for their full exit along with that of Iranian-sponsored militias.

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch enemy Iran during the seven-year war in Syria. The 1974 agreement officially ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria. "We will discuss Syria, we will discuss Iran, we will discuss Israel's security needs", Netanyahu told reporters before leaving.

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As Netanyahu was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, "To our friends in Israel - be very careful making agreements with Russia re Syria that affect USA interests".

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria but it has carried out dozens of airstrikes on alleged arms shipments bound for the militant group Hezbollah.

Russia would reconsider supplying the Syrian regime with S-300 missile defence systems; Russian Defence Minister, Sergey Shoygu said in a statement reported by Russian Interfax news agency.

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