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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

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

In televised remarks opening Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new U.S.-Russian arrangement for Syria.

“There’s reflection here of the understanding that Israel has set red lines, and will stand firm on this,” Tzachi Hanegbi said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Truce Update: Russia, Turkey, Iran Near Deal

SYRIA POLITICS: Truce Update: Russia, Turkey, Iran Near Deal

Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition were holding indirect talks for a second day in the Kazakh capital at a time when Turkey, which backs the rebels, and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, each want to disentangle themselves from the fighting.

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