Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, welcomed the ceasefire in Syria, but warned that Israel won't allow Iran and Hezbollah to establish a military presence in the neighbouring country.
"Israel will welcome a genuine ceasefire in Syria," Netanyahu said, at his weekly cabinet meeting, referring to a ceasefire agreement reached between the United States and Russia, to quell fighting in south-western Syria.
"This ceasefire must not enable the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies in Syria, in general, and in southern Syria in particular," he added.
Netanyahu said, Israel will continue to monitor developments beyond its disputed border with Syria, "while strongly upholding our red lines."
He explained that, these red lines include preventing Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based, Iran-backed militia, that fights along President Bashar Assad's army, from growing in Syria.
"Israel will prevent Hezbollah, or Iranian forces, from establishing a ground presence along our border, and prevent the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria as a whole," said Netanyahu.
Israel had repeatedly declared it would not intervene in the internal fighting in Syria.
However, it is widely believed that Israel often carried out air strikes on weapons convoys in Syria, and has been providing medical treatment to hundreds of wounded Syrians, who reached the border.
In addition, it has frequently retaliated errant fire that accidentally hit its territory, with air strikes on Assad's army positions.
On Friday, the U.S., Russia and Jordan, agreed to foster a ceasefire in south-western Syria
Source: NAM News Network