Israel Says It Downed Russian-Made Syrian Spy Drone Over Golan Heights

Israel Says It Downed Russian-Made Syrian Spy Drone Over Golan Heights

It admits the failure of the military solution, but the most risky thing about it is that it accepts the temporary geographic distribution of Syria between four foreign parties which are Russian Federation, the US, Iran and Turkey. All of these facts point to near-future arrangements that aim to impose facts on the ground regardless of the worldwide agreement expected later on.

First, the USA must take Israeli concerns about Iran's presence in Syria more seriously.

Like the rest of the region, Israel underestimated in the beginning the Iranian infiltration in Syria. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Assad in the Syrian civil war.

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Perhaps even more worrying for Israel, Iran's increasing presence in southern Syria offers Tehran the opportunity to position either its own troops or fighters from Hezbollah or other Shiite militias who could strike directly at the Jewish state.

Satellite pictures show how the Revolutionary Guards built a series of military bases to be support and finance centers, and which would play the role of an Iranian highway that goes through Iraq into Lebanon. The aim of these threats is to confront the new reality.

While largely staying on the sidelines of the Syrian war, Israel has carried out repeated airstrikes against suspected weapons shipments to Hezbollah.

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As for Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns against the new realities and believes that "when Daesh is banished from a place, Iran replaces it".

Jordan would have also been threatened by the Iranian marching towards its borders from Daraa, if it hadn't been for the U.S. warnings. It's also the country with the most military activity in Syria. If it hadn't been for the Russian air support, the Iranian militias wouldn't have expanded and wouldn't have survived defeat. The agreement only ends the existence of terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, but will fail in ridding Syria of more risky regional militias. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat's sister publication, al-Majalla.

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