Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu have held a phone talk discussing the developments in southern Syria, the Israeli Defense Ministry said on July 1 in a statement.
“Lieberman and Shoigu have discussed the situation in Syria, in particular, the developments in the south of the country, as well as Iran’s attempts to establish a foothold on the Syrian territory,” the defense ministry said.
Lieberman once again stressed that the military presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria is unacceptable and pledged to “take immediate action” in the event of such attempts.
Meanwhile, Syrian government forces have continued their military operation against militants in southern Syria. The Syrian Army and its allies have made significant gains and have put militants into almost no-win situation. This advance worries the Israeli leadership because it will lead to the elimination of the militant-held area used by Israel as a buffer zone near the occupied Golan Heights.