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Citing Iran Fears, Israel Quietly Lobbied Against Syrian Ceasefire Agreement

Hailed as an early diplomatic achievement for President Trump, he announced a ceasefire in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month. This is likely to stop ISIS and other Islamic radicals from overthrowing Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. However, the state of Israel lobbied against the agreement, fearing that it would embolden their Iranian enemies. According to a Haaretz report, Israel, the United States and Russia were involved in secret deliberations before the ceasefire was finalized last month. During those deliberations, Israel lobbied aggressively against the agreement citing that it would strengthen the Iranian regime. Israel’s primary foreign policy goal is to weaken their Iranian enemies, even if it means empowering ISIS and other extremists in the region. Trump and Putin considered the advice from the Israelis, but ultimately chose to move forward with the ceasefire agreement anyway. “Israel is aware of Iran’s expansionist goals in Syria,” a statement released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. Netanyahu publicly expressed his dismay with the agreement on July 16. Keep Reading

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