USA delegation visits Israel to soothe concerns over Syria ceasefire deal

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In August, the Russian foreign minister responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warning that Iran posed a grave military threat to the Jewish state by saying, "We do not have any information that someone is preparing an attack on Israel". It comes after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin reaffirmed joint efforts to support a ceasefire in the Syrian region bordering Israel and Jordan.

Meanwhile, a a delegation from the US National Security Council was reported to have arrived in Israel for talks with security heads about the ceasefire agreement, Israeli media outlets reported.

Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow Monday that Israel will act according to its "security needs".

A U.S. State Department official said Russian Federation had agreed "to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance" from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israeli Cabinet Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Sunday that the agreement "does not answer Israel's unequivocal demands that there will be no developments that bring Iranian or Hezbollah forces closer to Israel's border with Syria in the north".

In addition to the Syria agreement, the officials are likely to discuss Iran's alleged construction of a military base less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Israel's Golan border.

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The comments, carried by Russian news agencies RIA and Interfax, came following media reports that claimed that the USA and Russia had struck a deal to limit pro-Iranian militias from encroaching on the Israeli and Jordanian borders in southern Syria and would eventually see all non-Syrian fighters purged from the country altogether. Those have targeted suspected Hezbollah or Iranian arms depots, or have been in retaliation for shelling from the Syrian-held Golan Heights.

Those distances would range from as little as 5km-7km up to around 30km, depending on current rebel positions on the Syrian Golan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

According to reports, the deal applies to Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Assad's regime, which would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria.

Speaking later on Monday in Parliament, Mr Netanyahu said some of Israel's Arab neighbours shared its concerns.

"I think that this growing closeness and consultation is first and foremost good for security and ultimately for peace", he added.

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