U.S. Reassures Israel on Iranian Threat in Golan

YERUSHALAYIM -

An American envoy has promised that hostile forces in Syria will not be allowed to threaten Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, told the Herzliya Conference that he was “recently on the Golan looking at… ISIS across the border” and that neither ISIS nor “Iranian proxies” can be allowed to remain to threaten Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated that no settlement of the Syrian conflict can include a permanent Iranian military presence in Syrian near the Israeli border.

McGurk indicated that Israel would be helping in the defeat of ISIS, saying allies will need to engage in intelligence sharing to pursue and capture gleeing ISIS fighters, and noted that “few do better” in this area than Israel.

ISIS, he said, is on the run, and credited the U.S. with a major role in achieving that, with “30,000 airstrikes on ISIS to date in the most precise air campaign in history.”