According to Asharq Al-Awsat, the Kremlin has permitted Israel to carry out military operations against Iran in Syria.

An Israeli strike in Syria

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The defense ministers of Israel and Russia have reached an understanding to allow Israel to attack Iranian targets in Syria, according to Russian officials quoted by the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.

The officials reportedly said Israel and Russia had agreed on an Iranian pullout from the Israel-Syria border as well as permission for Israel to carry out military operations in Syria to target “sources of danger,” so long as targets belonging to Assad’s army are not damaged.

On Thursday, following a meeting in Moscow between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, Israeli media reported that the two had made significant progress on preventing the entrenchment of Iran in southern Syria.

“Israel greatly appreciates Russia’s understanding of our security needs, especially on our northern border,” Lieberman tweeted after the meeting. “We will continue to hold dialogue with Russia on all pertaining issues.”