US and Russia reach agreement to eliminate “non-Syrian foreign forces” from Golan Heights

Agreement reached on Saturday to protect Israel and Jordan from Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Golan Heights, Nov. 12, 2017.

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The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire deal to eliminate “non-Syrian foreign forces” from the Golan Heights that pose a threat to Israel and Jordan.

The agreement was finalized on Saturday, the “US-Russia-Jordan Memorandum of Principles” focused on eliminating Iranian forces and Hezbollah from the Golan Heights, with measures to be eliminate the use of the “Syrian conflict over the last five years to increase their presence in this part of Syria, which has undermined the ceasefire and poses a threat to Jordan and Israel.”

The agreement was made following months of talks and negotiations between Russia and the United States with Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly centered his last meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Moscow in August.

During the meeting between Netanyahu, Putin and Mossad Head, Yossi Cohen, Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Russia to act in order to secure Israel’s borders. He stated at the time “in the past few years we have met to discuss not only our bilateral ties, we are continuously working on them, but also the situation in the Middle East, which is now changing rapidly. Iran is increasing its efforts to establish its military foothold in Syria. That is dangerous for Israel, the Middle East and, I believe, the whole world. Iran is already in advanced stages of taking over Iraq and Yemen, and in effect it also controls Lebanon…”

He added “We do not forget for one minute that Iran continues to threaten Israel’s destruction every day. It is arming terrorist organizations and is itself instigating terrorism; and it is developing intercontinental missiles with the goal of arming them with nuclear warheads. For all these reasons, Israel continues to oppose Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. We will defend ourselves in any way against this threat and any threat.”

The ceasefire agreement comes following reports released over the weekend of Iran establishing a permanent military base in Syria, just 30 kilometers from Israel’s borders. Satellite images of the base were released to the public, the base 15 kilometers from Damascus. It is the second Iranian-built military base discovered in Syria this year. In August, Israeli intelligence reported a Scud missile factory being constructed near Latakia.

Iran continues to expand in the Middle East, providing arms, military bases and forces through out the region.

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