Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

Bibi Corruption Case Continues: Police Ready to Charge Netanyahu With Bribery Israel gives lukewarm welcome to post-war Syria 'principles'
Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 02:35

Israeli officials are giving a lukewarm reaction to an global agreement laying out principles for post-war Syria.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the U.S. National Security Council has arrived in Israel for a meeting with Israeli counterparts on Tuesday that will focus on Iran and the situation in southern Syria.

Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow Monday that Israel will act according to its "security needs". In the case, widely known in Israel as "the meals-ordering affair", Sara Netanyahu and Ezra Saidoff, deputy director of the Prime Minister's Office, allegedly created a false impression between 2010 and 2013 that no cook was employed in the office prime minister's residence, while in fact there were several chefs, according to the ministry.

It also affirmed what it said was a U.S. -Russian-Jordanian understanding calling for "the reduction and ultimate elimination, of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace".

Pressed by a reporter as to how exactly the Russians would convince the Iranians to withdraw from Syria entirely, the official described the memorandum as having "kind of extended that (earlier) progress to really turn the area into a de-escalation area", before reiterating that United States policy remains committed to a Syria "free of Iran, free of Hezbollah, free of all these militias that the Iranians have imported".

U.S. leads world in oil and gas production, IEA says
Also weighing on the oil price, is the increasing prospect of a slower pace of economic growth in China. Worldwide, oil consumption is seen reaching 97.7 million bpd in 2017, up 1.5 million bpd from 2016.

Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz at a press conference held at the Ministry of Transportation on April 5, 2017.

According to the official Russian news agency, Interfax, Lavrov said that the Iranian presence in Syria was "legitimate" and gave no indication that Russia will lean on the Tehran regime to pull its troops and proxies out of its war-ravaged neighbor.

Israel has been lobbying both leaders to deny Iran, Lebanon's Hizbollah and other Shi'ite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the Golan Heights frontier, as they gain ground while helping Damascus beat back Sunni-led rebels.

It has sought to avoid being dragged into the fighting but has carried out dozens of air strikes to prevent arms deliveries to Hezbollah, which fights alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

In Belgium, the senior officers met with Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who serves as both the head of the USA military's European Command and as supreme allied commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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