The Limits of Cooperation Between Russia and Israel Over Iran’s Foothold in Syria

An Israeli soldier guides a mobile artillery piece near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, July 25, 2018 (AP photo by Ariel Schalit).
An Israeli soldier guides a mobile artillery piece near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, July 25, 2018 (AP photo by Ariel Schalit).

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a surprise visit to Israel last week for talks about Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria. The negotiations came amid heightened tensions along Syria’s southern border with Israel, where the Assad regime’s recent offensive to retake lost territory from rebels renewed conflict in an area that had been protected by a 2017 cease-fire agreement guaranteed by Russia, Jordan and the United States. The fighting raises concerns about the proximity of Iranian-backed forces, including Hezbollah, to northern Israel. In response to this threat, Israel launched a series of attacks on Iranian targets within Syria, including the […]

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