“I told our friends in Washington and Moscow that Israel will act in Syria and southern Syria as it sees fit and in keeping with our security needs,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in response to criticism of the US-Russian deal for establishing a de-escalation zone just 7 km from the Israeli border. Speaking to a meeting of his Likud Knesset faction, Netanyahu added: “We guard our borders and our country and will continue to do so.”
DEBKAfile’s military sources: Until now, the prime minister has not ordered a military response to the presence of Iranian and Hizballah command centers in southern Syria in proximity to the Israel border. It is hardly likely that he will order such action now that the buffer zone is part of the Quneitra de-escalation zone established in the latest Trump-Putin accord, under Russian monitors. Read more details about this in DEBKAfile special analysis.