Russia Agrees to Let Israel Attack Iranian Forces in Syria

Moscow also agrees to demand that Iran withdraw forces from Golan Heights border region

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Mounting concerns that escalating Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria would result in direct clashes with Russian forces operating in the war-torn country were apparently put to bed on Thursday.

The Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that high-level meetings between Israeli and Russian officials ended with the latter granting Jerusalem a "green light" to continue punishing Iranian efforts to establish a military foothold in Syria.

In return, Israel reportedly agreed to refrain from attacking military assets belonging to the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, which Moscow is trying to help regain control over the fractured country.

Iran is also trying to keep Assad in power, but in accordance with its own agenda of regional hegemony, which, despite Tehran's friendly relations with Moscow, does not seem to mesh with Russian plans for the Middle East.

If the reports are accurate, this would mark a major diplomatic victory for Israel, which was able to pull Russia over to its side in the conflict with Iran, seemingly leaving the Islamic Republic without any major international supporters.

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