Netanyahu says to continue military operation in Syria

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In a speech to the Jewish Federations of North America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel has offered to help Iran and Iraq following the deadly quake that struck the region earlier this week: "We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but with the regime that holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel".

"We are controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so", Netanyahu said in remarks to members of his right-wing Likud party Monday, as quoted by Reuters.

Israel has long accused Iran, its main enemy, of taking advantage of Syria's civil war to send its Revolutionary Guard and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah into southern Syria, close to the border with the Jewish state.

The official said that on this point specifically, "the Russians have agreed to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance from opposition-held territory as well as the borders of the Golan in Jordan".

His regional cooperation minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, sounded circumspect about the deal, telling reporters that it "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand the there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north".

"We have not discussed in detail with our U.S. colleagues what is going on in the whole territory of Syria, apart from the fact that we have fixed our and Iranian legitimate presence under an invitation of the legitimate Syrian government".

In these cases, dubbed by the police "case 1,000" and "case 2,000", Netanyahu is suspected of receiving luxury gifts from Israeli-US Hollywood tycoon Arnon Milchan and allegedly making secret deals to receive favorable coverage in Yediot Aharonot, one of Israel's largest daily newspapers.

Those distances would range from as little as 5km-7km up to around 30km, depending on current rebel positions on the Syrian Golan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Speaking to a special session of the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said he told Washington and Moscow that Israel will act according to its "security needs".

The Times of Israel reported that the team's visit has been confirmed by United States officials.

"I think that this growing closeness and consultation is first and foremost good for security and ultimately for peace", he added.

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