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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.


世界以色列新闻Steve Leibowitz




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。”




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