Netanyahu Warns Syria Ceasefire May Aid Iran

Netanyahu Warns Syria Ceasefire May Aid Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government oppose the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russian Federation, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

He said that Israel would oppose any agreement in Syria that enables Iranian backed Hezbollah presence there.

Apart from that, the newspaper cited a senior Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that Israel is aware of Iran's plans to expand its military presence in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017. Fewer than 100 of the 13,000 Jews survived and all 4,000 Jewish children were murdered. In the words of Elie Barnavi, France's former ambassador to Israel, the wartime roundup had "nothing to do with Israel". In April, Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front leader whom Mr. Macron defeated in a May runoff election, declared that "France was not responsible for the Vel d'Hiv", denying French responsibility and setting off a furor.

He confirmed France's long-held policy that favours a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinian state and Israel and said he would visit Israel "in the coming months", at the invitation of the Israeli prime minister.

He used the opportunity to reiterate both France's support for a two-state solution to end the Middle East conflict, and its opposition to Israel's building of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. The Jewish community must know that we, the veterans, did not abandon them. The radical Islam that Iran and ISIS (Daesh) represent seeks to destroy us and destroy Europe. "It seems the values of the French revolution - equality, fraternity, liberty - was crushed brutally under the boot of anti-Semitism".

"We will never surrender to the expressions of hatred; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism", Macron said on Sunday in Paris during the commemoration ceremony. "Admittedly Vichy was not all of the French", he said, "but it was the government and the administration of France". Netanyahu's next stop on his current trip overseas is Hungary.