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Netanyahu attempts to calm fears over US exit from Syria

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At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s efforts in Syria and that cooperation with the U.S. will continue in many areas.

By World Israel News Staff

Israel’s efforts against Iran in Syria will continue notwithstanding the anticipated American pullout from that country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday morning.

“The decision to take out the 2,000 American soldiers from Syria will not change our consistent policy,” he stated . “We will continue to act to prevent Iran’s effort to militarily entrench itself in Syria, and if needed we will even increase our activities there.”

Furthermore, “I would like to reassure those who are concerned. Our cooperation with the U.S. will continue in full and finds expression in many areas: operations, intelligence and many other security spheres.”

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly made the snap decision to withdraw last Wednesday during a call with Turkish leader Recep Erdogan against the advice of his top aides and without consulting his national security team or allies. Trump said that the only reason the troops were there was to fight ISIS and that the victory over the terrorist group enabled him to bring the troops home within three months.

Most experts – and several allies, including France – have rejected Trump’s declaration of victory, saying that ISIS still presents a clear and present danger in Syria even though it only retains one one percent of the country’s territory.

As a result of the surprise move, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, have resigned, with Mattis saying that it would be better for the president to appoint someone who agrees with him on policy.

Unnamed Israeli officials have criticized the hasty decision, with one senior minister calling it a “horrifying moral and a bad diplomatic step.”

Earlier on Sunday, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, in conversation with IDF Radio, acknowledged that a U.S. pullout “does not help Israel” and in fact “strengthens Erdogan, an anti-Semitic war criminal who carries out massacres of the Kurdish people, and does so with a wink from the international community.” She stressed, however, that Israel “will still know how to defend ourselves after this withdrawal, if it takes place.”

“It’s true this opens more avenues for passage between Iran and Syria, but just as we know how to defend ourselves now, we’ll know how to deal with the new situation,” she stated.

“It’s certainly not a good thing,” she said, noting that “the president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a great friend of Israel, and this administration is, I think, the friendliest administration there’s ever been.”

Similarly, IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, in an address at the IDC Herzliya conference on Sunday, said the withdrawal ” is a significant event, but it should not be overstated.”

On Thursday, Netanyahu’s office said that the prime minister had spoken to President Trump about Syria and “discussed ways to continue cooperation between Israel and the United States against the Iranian aggression” even after the pullout, adding that Israeli efforts will have “the full support and backing of the U.S.”

在周日的内阁会议上,内塔尼亚胡重申,以色列将继续采取行动反对伊朗在叙利亚的努力,并将继续在许多领域与美国的合作。

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总理本雅明内塔尼亚胡在周日上午举行的每周内阁会议上表示,尽管美国已从该国撤军,但以色列在叙利亚对伊朗的努力将继续存在。

“从叙利亚撤出2000名美国士兵的决定不会改变我们的一贯政策,”他说。 “我们将继续采取行动,阻止伊朗在叙利亚进行军事活动,如果需要,我们甚至会增加在那里的活动。”

此外,“我想向那些关心的人保证。我们与美国的合作将继续全面展开,并在许多领域得到体现:运营,情报和许多其他安全领域。“

据报道,美国总统唐纳德·特朗普上周三在与土耳其领导人雷杰普·埃尔多安的一次电话会议中反对他的高级助手的建议并且没有征求他的国家安全团队或盟友的意见时做出了决定。特朗普说,部队在那里的唯一原因是打击伊斯兰国,战胜恐怖主义团体使他能够在三个月内将部队带回家。

大多数专家 – 以及包括法国在内的几个盟友 – 拒绝了特朗普的胜利宣言,称伊斯兰国在叙利亚仍然存在明显的现实危险,尽管它只保留了该国领土的1%。

由于出人意料的举动,国防部长詹姆斯马蒂斯和全球联盟击败伊斯兰国联盟特使布雷特麦格古克已经辞职,马蒂斯说,总统任命一位在政策上同意他的人会更好。

未透露姓名的以色列官员批评这项草率的决定,其中一位高级部长称这是“令人恐惧的道德和糟糕的外交步骤”。

星期天早些时候,司法部长Ayelet Shaked在与以色列国防军广播电台的谈话中承认,美国撤军“对以色列没有帮助”,事实上“加强了埃尔多安,一个对库尔德人民进行大屠杀的反犹太主义战争罪犯,并且然而,国际社会眨了眨眼。“但她强调,以色列”如果发生这种情况,仍将知道如何在撤军后为自己辩护。“

“这确实为伊朗和叙利亚之间的通道提供了更多途径,但正如我们现在知道如何保护自己,我们将知道如何应对新形势,”她说。

“这肯定不是一件好事,”她说,并指出“美国总统唐纳德特朗普是以色列的好朋友,而我认为,这届政府是有史以来最友善的政府。”

同样,以色列国防军总参谋长Gadi Eisenkot中将在周日的IDC Herzliya会议上发表讲话说,撤军“是一件大事,但不应过分夸大。”

周四,内塔尼亚胡办公室表示,总理已向特朗普总统就叙利亚发表讲话,并“讨论了以色列和美国之间继续合作对抗伊朗的侵略”,即使在撤军后,并表示以色列的努力将得到“全力支持”并支持美国“

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