A new report suggests an upcoming meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to President Donald Trump "ignoring" his concerns about Iranian and Hezbollah forces moving to Israel's border with Syria.
The two leaders are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Sochi, and the prime minister’s office has made it clear the Iranian presence in southern Syria is going to be the leading topic for discussion. Mossad chief Yossi Cohen will also sit in on those meetings, the Israeli press has reported.
Netanyahu’s position is simple. After the fighting ends in Syria, he wants Iran and Hezbollah out of the country. Failing to get Trump’s attention, he’s turned to Putin to seek assurances that will happen once ISIS is out of the picture.
As the independent security and intelligence journalists at DEBKA reported Tuesday:
[These] concerns were borne out in the last few days, when the Syrian army and its pro-Iranian Shiite allies including Hezbollah launched four simultaneous warfronts at Deir ez-Zor in the east, Sweida in the southeast, Hama in the center and the Qalamoun Mountains on the Syrian-Lebanese border in the west - all with Russian air support, often including paratroop drops.
Gaining the upper hand on those four fronts, our sources point out, will restore Syria’s border regions with Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to their status quo ante the outbreak of the 2011 civil war, and bring Israel’s enemies closer than ever before to its northern door.
The report goes on to state Iran and its Islamist allies are circumventing the de-escalation zones with Russian cover. With the Syrian opposition “melting away,” Israel’s “buffer zone” is also quickly disappearing and could result in Iran and Hezbollah being able to muster a massive military force in the Golan region.