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Israel says not bound by post-war Syria deals

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's minister of military affairs (file photo)

Israel will not adhere to any arrangement that the international community might agree upon in Syria after the years-long war waged by foreign-backed terrorists in the Arab country comes to an end, Israel's minister of military affairs says.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the border with Lebanon, Avigdor Lieberman said as Syria was preparing to retake Idlib -- the last major stronghold of terrorists in Syria -- political efforts by Iran, Turkey, Russia and the international community in general to "redesign" Syria were increasing.

“We see various gatherings here and there; in Ankara, in Tehran, in Geneva, in other places too. They are talking about redesigning Syria after the battle for Idlib,” Lieberman said.

“From Israel’s perspective, with all due respect and appreciation for all the agreements and the understandings -- we are not bound by them,” Lieberman said on Thursday.

“The only thing that obligates us are the security interests" of Israel, he added.

Lieberman's remarks came on the heels of recent military cooperation agreements between Iran and Syria, which guaranteed that Iranian military advisors in Syria would remain in the conflict-ridden country. Tel Aviv insists that Iranian forces should leave Syria.

Iran has been providing military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government, enabling its army to speed up its gains on various fronts against terror outfits.

There has been a hike in Israeli airstrikes against Syria since the collapse of the Daesh terror group last year, an event that significantly demoralized the other Takfiri militant groups operating against Damascus.

Israel has also been providing weapons and medical treatment to anti-Damascus militants.

In the course of their recent advances in terrorist-held areas, Syrian government forces have discovered considerable amounts of Israeli-made munitions, including chemical warfare, digital equipment and drugs.

Meanwhile, Israel has been keenly running a campaign to convince Russia and the US to oust Iran's advisors from Syria, or at least push them back from areas close to the Arab country's southwestern border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the agreement between Tehran and Damascus would not keep Israel from attacking Iranian forces in Syria.

"In the military sphere, the IDF will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran's attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria," Netanyahu said.

"No agreement between Syria and Iran will deter us; neither will any threat deter us," he added.

Israel developing new missile system

Earlier this week, Lieberman claimed the Israeli military was working on a new missile system capable of hitting targets anywhere in the Middle East.

According to the Israeli minister, arms manufacturer Israel Military Industries (IMI) was going to take "a few years” to design and produce an advanced integrated system that made possible "precise hits by remote launching.”

This is while Israel is the only possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East and has already threatened to use the weapons against other countries, including Iran.

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