Israel Free to Act in Syria to Defend Own Security - Defense Minister

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The Iranian presence through proxies on Israel's border is seen "as a major strategic threat and - importantly - increasingly as one that can not easily be addressed by a paltry few kilometres of buffer near the Golan", said Mr Schneider.

The map shows the buffer area almost abutting the town of Quneitra next to the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Eisenkot reportedly flew to Brussels in secret on Thursday to meet with Gen. Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the USA army's European Command, and discuss Iranian moves in Syria. Iran and its Shiite allies have sent forces to back President Bashar Assad, who appears to be on his way to victory after a devastating six-year civil war.

Israel is apprehensive of the deal because Iran is allowed to establish itself 7 km (4.5 miles) from it northern border, a distance Jerusalem insists is not satisfactory for its security needs.

The map was shown to the AP by an Israeli official. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. The US and Russian Federation brokered a ceasefire deal there last July and added a de-escalation agreement last week.

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"We maintain the right to act freely and the only consideration guiding us is the security of the state of Israel", he said.

"A permanent Iranian presence in Syria would connect Lebanon-based Hezbollah to Iran via Iraq and Syria".

While the agreement requires all foreign forces - including Iranian troops and those backed by Tehran - to leave Syria, the deal does not set deadlines for their departure.

Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman toured Israel's border with Syria on Wednesday, during which he reiterated Israel's position that it would not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria.

"Lawmakers and others have singled out Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, as playing a key role in enabling policies that help arm Iranian backed forces", the website said, using an alternative acronym for the Daesh terrorist group.

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