United States delegation in Israel to soothe concerns over Syria ceasefire deal

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However, when twin quakes killed more than 300 people and injured 3,000 in 2012, Israel said it did not offer assistance because of Iran's previous response.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was ready to act alone if necessary to prevent Iran from turning Syria into its military base. "The United States expresses its honest condolences to all of those affected by the natural disaster in Iran and Iraq", said spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

He added: "I've said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction", Netanyahu said.

During the last few months, Netanyahu has intensively lobbied Russian Federation and the Trump administration for the creation of a secure buffer zone between Israel and Syria, to keep Iranian forces and the Hezbollah terror group away from the Jewish state. "But our humanity is greater than their hatred".

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"I have made it clear to our friends, firstly in Washington and then also in Moscow, that Israel will take actions in Syria, including in southern Syria, according to our understanding and our security needs", he said.

The official map included in a preliminary agreement that seeks to establish buffer zones in southwest Syria indicates that Iran-backed forces could deploy within several miles (kilometers) of the Israeli frontier - setting the stage for potential conflict between the bitter enemies. "And all of you can be proud of Israel's morals, and Israel's might". The offer, predictably, was rejected by Iran, which has also declined offers from all other parties in the worldwide community.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported that in their meetings the United States officials will address Iran's influence and the situation in southern Syria. "So this time, we didn't even bother to ask if they're interested", a Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Times of Israel at the time.

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