Israel Must Act if it Wants to Stop Iran from Reaching its Borders in Syria
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
Crossroads with David Shuster and Shayna Estulin / i24News
July 5, 2018
Another bid to alleviate the suffering caused by Russia, Assad, and Iran's offensive in southern Syria is stymied by Putin at the UN Security Council. Once again, world leaders are beating a path to Moscow for consultations with the belief that Putin will agree and enforce a deal that will remove Iran from Syria. Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Shayna Estulin and David Shuster on i24News "Crossroads" to discuss why such fantasies will not come to fruition. There is no grand bargain available with Putin; he cannot be trusted to uphold any deal as his systematic violations of his own de-escalation agreements have demonstrated.
Brodsky believes that despite statements from Nikki Haley and the State Department, President Trump appears to have no intention of becoming more involved in Syria.
If the purpose of Netanyahu's last meeting with Putin in May was to reach an agreement to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, then he didn't get the message, even if he appears willing to let Israel target Iranian forces freely. Meanwhile, Trump appears willing to back Israeli actions as long as it doesn't require a further American commitment in Syria. That means it is up to Israel to enforce its own red lines -- by itself -- before Iran becomes entrenched along its borders.