In Jordan, Israel and Iran secretly negotiate future of Syria

Report Israel Iran engage in indirect negotiations over Syria fighting

Jordan also made it clear that military maneuvers ‎involving Iranian-backed forces could trigger a ‎military confrontation between Iran and Israel.

"Our position on Syria is clear", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks.

The United States, Russia, and Jordan agreed previous year to include Daraa in a "de-escalation zone" and freeze the lines of conflict there. In short, the Iranian presence in Syria should be eliminated in its entirety.

Israel is increasingly optimistic that it may be coming close to its longheld goal of driving a wedge between Russian Federation and Iran in Syria, a senior Israeli official said today. "Russian Federation has given it room to act against Iran-linked military interests and appears to be more interested in balancing contending fighting coalitions than returning every last piece of territory to the Assad regime's control", the report continues.

After the leaflets were dropped on Friday, the US State Department warned the Syrian government that it would take "firm and appropriate" measures if Syria violates the ceasefire.

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Fearing that a fight between Israel and Iranian troops within Syria could undermine the position of fighters loyal to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has called for all non-Syrian fighters to move away from Syria's border with Israel and Jordan.

It was the first time since 1974 that there had been clashes over the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, setting in motion a rush for mediation to prevent further outbreak.

Jordanian officials served as mediator, shuttling messages between the two rooms, according to the report.

Sources briefed on the trip told Israel's Channel 10 reporter Barak Ravid that the two officials will be ratifying an existing agreement between Israel and the USA on how to deal with Iran. One participant in the talks reportedly said that "the sides discussed this issue with the Israelis, and arrived at a quick agreement that even surprised the Israeli representatives". Israeli forces have carried out increasingly intense strikes against Iranian targets in Syria in recent weeks and in the process have inflicted serious damage on the Assad regime's air defences.

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