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Israel Wants Seat at Table as Powers Seek End to Syria War

  • Israel wants deal to exclude an Iranian presence in Syria
  • Military strike an option if concerns ignored, Israelis say
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The Arguments for and Against Removing Syria's Assad

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As world powers seek an endgame to Syria’s six-year war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a seat at the table.

Israel says Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah are working to entrench themselves militarily in neighboring Syria, where they’re backing Syrian government troops, and it’s rattled that a recent truce deal brokered by Russia and the U.S. doesn’t block that. Israel’s fear that Tehran is establishing launchpads in Syria for future attacks against the Jewish state dominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talks Wednesday with President Vladimir Putin in Russia.