(July 17, 2019 / Israel Hayom) Syrian President Bashar Assad met on Tuesday in Damascus with an unnamed senior Iranian official to discuss ways to deal with Israeli airstrikes in the war-torn country, reported regime-affiliated Syrian newspaper Al-Watan.
The strikes comes as Iran and its proxies, including Hezbollah, continue to build a military arsenal north of Israel.
According to the report, the Iranian official also discussed with Assad the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan and presented Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s plan to contend with it.
The report comes against the backdrop of recent attacks on pro-Iranian forces in Syria, some which have been attributed to Israel though it denies involvement.
In other cases, Israel has taken responsibility for attacks in Syria. In the past year, senior Israeli officials, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been increasingly candid about confronting Iranian entrenchment in Syria.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.