Trump, Netanyahu speak on phone, discuss Iran, rising anti-Semitism in US

Trump, Netanyahu speak on phone, discuss Iran, rising anti-Semitism in US

Netanyahu and Trump have both denounced the deal, which exchanges sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program. Critics in Israel say Netanyahu may be looking to protect his ally, President Donald Trump, who is accused of stirring up xenophobia.

"Iran is trying to establish itself permanently in Syria, with a military presence on the ground and at sea, and also a gradual attempt to open a front against us on the Golan Heights", Netanyahu said on March 5.

"I hope that we can reach specific understandings in order to decrease possible friction between our forces and theirs, as we did successfully until now", Netanyahu said. Iran, which, like Sunni-majority Syria, is ruled by a Shia government, was a longtime backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose government has allied with Russian Federation in its attacks on Islamic State militants, unaffiliated rebels and, in many cases, civilians. Is Iran using Russian Federation as a "bulletproof vest", thinking Israel won't attack if Russian Federation is there?

But, majority-Shi'ite Iran has always maintained that its forces were in Syria to defend holy Shi'ite shrines.

The embassy attack, in which militants from the Iranian-funded group Hezbollah killed 29 people and injured dozens outside the embassy in Buenos Aires 25 years ago, served as a sort of platform for the prime minister to direct his hostility for Tehran.

Herzog cleared on Monday that his trip to Moscow has nothing to do with Netanyahu's visit to the country.

Spillover fire from Syria has hit the Golan Heights during the six-year civil war.



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