Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Israel gives lukewarm welcome to future Syria 'principles'

Israel gives lukewarm welcome to future Syria 'principles'

"Earlier I told you that it was produced in Russian Federation, but additional checks showed that we can not confirm this information", Conricus said.

Separately, President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to support a political reconciliation in Syria with the participation of President Bashar Assad while maintaining the existing two-nation communication channels used to fight the Islamic State. A USA official who requested anonymity said the joint statement shows both leaders back a political solution and peace process. Had it not been for the Russian air cover, the Iranian militias would not have been able to advance; rather, they would have faced nearly certain defeat.

The U.S. official, speaking to reporters at a briefing in Danang, Vietnam, said Russian Federation and the U.S. agreed to get Assad to the peace process in Geneva.

The Patriot is a USA -made surface-to-air missile system.

Israel said the drone - formally called an unmanned aerial vehicle - was on an intelligence-gathering mission for Syria's regime in Quneitra, and it entered the demilitarized zone and flew toward Israel before it was shot down near Safed.

Israel used a Patriot missile to shoot down a drone approaching the Golan Heights on the border with Syria on Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

In September, Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone, sent by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, in the same area.

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The pact "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand that there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north", Hanegbi told reporters Sunday, according to a Reuters report.

Israel, like other countries in the region, underestimated the Iranian infiltration into Syria.

Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines of the Syrian war, but officials have acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes on suspected weapons shipments to Hezbollah.

The UAV was intercepted by Patriot air defense system this morning when he tried to cross the airspace controlled by Israel.

Back in April 2015, Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in the Syrian territory.

Satellite maps which have been recently published show how Iran is building a series of small military bases that extend from the suburbs in southern Damascus to Golan.

Information for this article was contributed by Ilya Arkhipov, Nick Wadhams and Natasha Doff of Bloomberg News; and by staff members of The Associated Press.

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