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

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Graham's appeal came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday evening, and amid reports that US President Donald Trump was considering a deal with the Russian leader regarding the future of Syria.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Putin occurred one day ahead of a scheduled meeting between Putin and a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, who on July 11 hailed what he called Tehran's "strategic relationship" with Russian Federation.

Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian and Hezbollah reinforcements entrench near Israeli lines or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarisation.

Hezbollah, a militant organization from Lebanon, is believed to have thousands of fighters in Syria in order to help President Bashar al-Assad retain power.

Putin's visits with top Israeli and Iranian officials on the war on Syria highlight his efforts to act as a peace broker in Syria and the broader Middle East. Damascus also repeatedly denied that the Iranian military has any significant presence in Syria, noting that only the Islamic Republic's military advisers are now present on the ground.

Israel has launched a campaign against, what it claims, to be Iranian targets in Syria in recent months.

"I have set a clear policy that we do not intervene and we have not intervened".

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He said that the Israeli army would continue to act firmly against any attempts from Syria to breach the sovereignty of Israel and to harm its citizens.

Times of Israel quoted a source in Netanyahu's office who said that he will "likely go to part of the game depending on what time the meeting finishes".

"UAV from Syria intercepted by Patriot missile, causing sirens in Golan and Emek HaYarden Regional Councils", an army statement said.

Israel then carried out what it called "large-scale" raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T-4. A Syrian commander said the drone was engaged in local operations.

However, Netanyahu does not need to travel to the Kremlin to tell Putin Jerusalem's positions.

The last meeting between the two sides took place in Moscow in May.

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