Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria

Israel 'not ruling out' eventual ties with Syria's Assad

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Netanyahu underlined warm ties between Russian Federation and Israel, emphasizing what he described as their key stabilizing role for the Mideast. What else? Will the Russians accept the second phase, of fighting the Iranians, the Lebanese "Hezbollah" and Iraqi militias if they refuse to voluntarily leave Syria? "Our opinion is known that Iran needs to leave Syria - that is not something new for you".

The IDF confirmed that Israel had been in touch directly with Russian forces based in Syria in order to ensure that it was not their drone.

Under Assad family rule, Syria held direct negotiations with Israel in the United States in 2000 and indirect talks mediated by Turkey in 2008.

Israel shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated its airspace on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, highlighting an escalation of volatility near the frontier which Netanyahu discussed in Moscow with Damascus's biggest ally.

Hafez al-Assad got rid of the Palestinians and brought the Iranians into Lebanon, which was under his protection.

"We will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace", Netanyahu said.

The drone was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also left for Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with Putin.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear that Israel will not tolerate a military presence by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria and that Syria must strictly abide by the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

He said the incursion threatened "the safety and security of Israel's northern cities and towns" and added that Israel has "repeatedly warned the Security Council of the destabilizing activities taking place in Syria and the threats they pose to Israel and the Middle East".

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale published Wednesday that Moscow hopes that Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown. Maybe he thinks there is a unique chance to end the Golan dispute in exchange for supporting the Assad regime regain control over the whole of Syria. "In that context, we rely on peaceful diplomatic means to resolve any differences and expect both sides to show restraint".

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