But he stressed that Israel is not a party to the agreement and will defend its interests. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.
Following the announcement of the previous ceasefire agreement in southern Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia, Netanyahu came out against the deal, saying it did not sufficiently address Iran's military ambitions in the area.
Israel, like other countries in the region, underestimated the Iranian infiltration into Syria.
Israeli Cabinet Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Sunday that the agreement "does not answer Israel's unequivocal demands that there will be no developments that bring Iranian or Hezbollah forces closer to Israel's border with Syria in the north". We will not allow the establishment of the Shiite axis in Syria as a base for forward action.
The Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) is establishing a long-term existence of its foreign militias and militants in regions ruled by it inside Syria, up to 50 kilometers from the Israeli border with Golan. The aim of these threats is to confront the new reality. In addition, the previous Israeli wars were waged against Hezbollah according to piled up weapons and expansion - nearly every ten years. Of course, the reason is clear, which is that the Syrian regime does not have enough military capabilities due to its losses. Israel, Turkey and Iraq all have borders with Syria and are directly involved in the details of the solution and the forces from local and foreign militias that would control the lands. If it hadn't been for American warnings, Jordan would have been threatened with Iranian militias marching towards its borders from Daraa. It's also the country with the most military activity in Syria. If it hadn't been for the Russian air support, the Iranian militias wouldn't have expanded and wouldn't have survived defeat.
This is the reality which I do not know how the agreement to end the war in Syria will handle.
This is the reality, and I do not know how the agreement for ending the war in Syria would tackle it; an agreement that would finish the presence of terrorist groups such Daesh, Nusra and Ahrar Al-Sham, but fail to rid Syria from more risky regional militias. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.