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Trump ‘walks back’ vow of pullout in Syria, Israelis relieved

The American president’s comment that the US seeks to leave a “strong and lasting footprint” in Syria has left Israeli analysts feeling assured that an early troop pullout is not in the cards.

By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News

US President Donald Trump apparently back-tracked on an earlier promise for an “immediate” pullout of troops based in Syria, indicating that his reason is that “’we don’t want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean.”

The remarks were well received in Israel, where there has been great concern that a withdrawal of American forces would embolden Iranian military advances in Syria.

Trump’s comment that “it was “important to not allow Iranian influence to grow in the country” underlined the feeling that an “immediate withdrawal” is now off the table.

During his joint press conference with visiting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Trump said, “We’re going to be coming home relatively soon. We almost finished our work with respect to ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, and we have done a job that nobody has been able to do. I do want to come home, but I want to come home also with having accomplished what we have to accomplish.”

The US has about 2,000 military personnel in eastern Syria, working with local Kurdish militia groups fighting to defeat the extremist Islamic State group while trying to keep out of Syria’s civil war. A US withdrawal from Syria has raised fears in Israel of an emboldened Iran stepping up efforts to expand its presence in Syria and setting up bases for use in attacks against Israel.

Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, marking it as a “red line” that it will be prevented militarily if necessary.

美国总统评论说,美国试图在叙利亚留下一个“强大而持久的足迹”,这让以色列分析家们感到放心,早期的军队撤军并不重要。

世界以色列新闻Steve Leibowitz

美国总统唐纳德·特朗普显然恢复了此前对叙利亚“立即”撤军的承诺,这表明他的理由是“我们不想把伊朗的开放季节献给Mediterranean。”

这些言论在以色列受到欢迎,人们非常担心美军撤军会刺激伊朗在叙利亚的军事进步。

特朗普评论说“不允许伊朗的影响力在该国发展”是“重要的”,强调了“立即撤军”的感觉现在已不复存在。

在与来访的法国总统Emmanuel Macron的联合记者招待会上,特朗普说:“我们很快就要回家了。我们几乎完成了关于ISIS在叙利亚,ISIS在伊拉克的工作,我们做了一件没有人能做的工作。我确实想回家,但我也想回家,完成了我们必须完成的任务。”

美国在叙利亚东部有大约2000名军事人员,与当地库尔德民兵组织合作,试图击败极端伊斯兰国家组织,同时试图避开叙利亚的内战。美国从叙利亚撤军引发了以色列的担忧,因为伊朗鼓起勇气扩大其在叙利亚的存在,并设立了基地,用于攻击以色列。

以色列官员一再声明,以色列不会允许伊朗在叙利亚驻扎,这标志着它是一条“红线”,如果必要的话,它将在军事上被阻止。

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