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Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and its proxy Hezbollah, in Syria. In Washington, a USA official confirmed its authenticity, but said the deal was only preliminary and still subject to changes.

Saying that Iran should not be allowed to maintain a permanent military presence in Syria, the lawmakers added that it would pose a significant threat to the security of Israel, Jordan, and United States' interests in the region.

Back in April 2015, Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in the Syrian territory.

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According to The Times of Israel, Israel defence forces chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot made a trip to Brussels last Thursday to meet General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the U.S. army's European command, to discuss Iranian influence in Syria.

Mr Netanyahu's remarks echoed those on Sunday by Israel's Regional Cooperation Minister, Mr Tzachi Hanegbi, who sounded circumspect about the ceasefire deal and said Israel has "set red lines and will stand firm on this". We will not allow Syria to become a front line against the state of Israel.

Those distances would range from as little as 5km-7km up to around 30km, depending on current rebel positions on the Syrian Golan, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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On Tuesday, Russia's foreign minister said Moscow has discussed a pullback of foreign fighters from a de-escalation zone in Syria but made no deal on the withdrawal of Iran-backed forces.

Iranian media do not appear to have reported on Netanyahu's offer.

He was apparently responding to Russia's statement that it viewed Iran's presence in Syria as "legitimate."

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Sergey Lavrov said a deal involving Russian Federation, the USA and Jordan envisages an eventual pullback of "non-Syrian units" from the area in Syria's southwest.

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