Israel opposes Russia-US agreement for truce in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel opposes the Russia-US agreement for a truce in southwest Syria, as it strengthens Iran's position in the region.

"Israel opposes the ceasefire agreement in the south of Syria reached by the US and Russia because it perpetuates the Iranian presence in the country," he said after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

As Haaretz reports, citing its source, Tel Aviv "is aware of Iranian intentions" to significantly expand its presence in Syria. Iran is interested not only in sending its advisers to Syria, but also in deploying its armed forces in the country, including the establishment of an air base for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for its fleet.

"This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been [in Syria] up to now," the official said.

The agreement on a truce in southwest Syria was reached as a result of negotiations between Russia and the United States on July 7. As reported by the Associated Press, Israel and Jordan also took part in the negotiations.

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