Israel should be America's ally, not Russia's

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In fact, it was the first time that an Israeli jet had been shot down in decades despite its continual combat operations. But it also reflected an ongoing reality, one that is growing more unsafe: Syria's war encompasses at least three other global conflicts, each of which are heating up.

Shortly afterward, the Israeli air force retaliated by attacking a significant portion of Syrian air defenses-reportedly as high as 40 to 50 percent of them-as well as a few Iranian facilities in Syria, for the first time since the outset of the Israel-Lebanon war in 1982.

Taken individually, each one of the clashes has the potential to turn into something more risky. Iran is operating openly in Syria and Iraq, but so is Russian Federation. "We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces", he said.

Indeed, why would Iran, which, with Assad, Russia, and Hezbollah is among the victors in Syria's six-year civil war, wish to reignite the bloodletting and bring Israeli and US firepower in on the other side?

The conflict quickly sucked in other countries.

Iran has invested heavily in helping the Assad regime defeat Sunni rebels, in what is now the world's bloodiest conflict.

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"The Assad regime has become a front for Iran, Hezbollah, and their allies to advance the irresponsible and unsafe agenda for the Middle East".

And while each of these players have different political interests and factions that they back in Syria, they represent in aggregate two wildly different visions of Syria's future.

"Putin's number one operational goal in Syria is to stabilize and prop up the Assad regime, including the return of previously rebel or ISIS held territory under regime control", Alina Polyakova, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Program, said in an email.

But Republican and Democratic former officials are criticizing the administration because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn't visiting Israel on a trip this week to the Middle East.

About 150 Syrian civil society groups accused the United Nations of rewarding Russian Federation by dispatching its special envoy Staffan de Mistura to the congress. On the other side, you have those pushing for an Islamist Syria-Turkey, Iran and Qatar.

Yet the urgency of Iraq's condition is just part of the constellation of conflict revolving around Syria.

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To recapture oil fields lost in the war, forces backed by Assad crossed the Euphrates into territory taken from ISIS by the US and our Kurd allies.

While expressing support for United Nations efforts to bring peace to Syria as the "sole legitimate venue for coming up with a political solution in Syria", Haley cautioned that the Assad regime was seeking "a peace in which every person in Syria who opposes the regime is murdered, tortured, starved, imprisoned, or forced to flee the country". What is clear is that a new theater of operations is evolving as the Syrian Civil war winds down. However, with the complete failure of that plan, not only did terrorist fail to establish a secure circle and a buffer zone and increase their security coefficient, but, on the contrary, they have become so weak that they are seeing Syrian UAVs flying deep into the occupied Palestinian territories, and they are unable to tackle the drones. Syria and Iran will hit back and Russian Federation will not intervene to stop this retaliation.

Quizzed on Hezbollah's suspected production of precision weapons in Lebanon with Iran's help, Liberman gave thinly veiled confirmation of the reported Israeli strikes in Syria, which frequently targeted weapons stockpiles thought to be bound for Hezbollah.

What this signals is that, though ISIS has been all but evicted from Syria, the US intends to retain that fourth of Syria as a bargaining chip in negotiations. Russian Federation wants to preserve Assad's position-and its own as a power broker in the Middle East.

Last week, according to media reports, Israel struck a major weapons production center near Damascus, likely used by Hezbollah and Iran. There are reports that dozens of Russian mercenaries may have been killed last week in a USA bombing raid in support of Kurdish fighters threatened by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies. In each of those cases so far, a potential escalation has been forestalled.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday rejected the idea of internationally-imposed restrictions on Israeli military action in Syria after a serious clash with Iranian and Syrian forces earlier in the week. But he added that there was "intervention by the Russians who asked us not to escalate the situation anymore and to try and calm down the situation".

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Asked what approach he recommends the Trump administration takes with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Danon said, "I think the USA should stick to their American values and when you see that taxpayers money is being used for incitement [of terrorism] I think the basic thing is to stop [funding] it and to demand answers". I think the answer to that is no.