Israel Rejects US, Russia Syrian Ceasefire Deal – Presents List Of Demands

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 16, 2017. (AP/Michel Euler)

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 16, 2017. (AP/Michel Euler)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Officials also say that during the US-Russia negotiations which led to the deal, Netanyahu presented the two sides with a “list of demands,” mostly insisting that Shi’ite forces couldn’t be allowed in southern Syria at all and that Iran could not be allowed to “consolidate” its position in Syria.

They also said Russian troops couldn’t be allowed to police the safe zones closest to the Israeli border.

Ultimately it appears that none of these demands were met, with neither the US nor Russia apparently willing to center the terms of their deal on a ceasefire in one nation’s wars on demands from another nation that insists it is not involved in that war.

That Netanyahu felt the need to go public with his displeasure points to this being a particular sore spot, and Israeli officials say he also brought the matter up to both US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s not likely either side is going to revisit the deal to placate Israel, particularly since this ceasefire is holding better than most, and Israel’s objections are largely difficult to respond to, mostly centered on wanting the war to continue against the Shi’ites.

Watch Statements by Netanyahu and French President Macron in Paris:


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  • Romi Elnagar

    The real reason Nutty-yahoo rejects the deal is that WHAT ISRAEL WANTS IS ARAB BLOOD. The more, the better. There is no reason to stop the killing until the world community steps in decisively (as Eisenhower did in 1956) and demands that Israel cease its program of imperialism and genocide.

    That won’t happen under Trump, who has the attention span of a three-year-old and the mental capacity to solve world problems of someone only a couple years older than that. The only hope IMHO is that American Jews rise up and demand that their leaders in Congress stop the bloated billions Israel extorts every year from the American taxpayer. I really think they are the only ones who can change Congress, which up to this point has been an Israeli-occupied territory.

    Unless and until they do, the slaughter of Arabs in the Middle East will continue. It’s just what Bibi wants. And what Bibi wants, Bibi gets.