The Trump-Putin Meeting: From Hamburg to Southern Syria

Author
Zvi Magen, Udi Dekel
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
Abstract
The arrangement between the United States and Russia over southern Syria represents a test, both for the chances of jumpstarting a coordinated process between the world powers over a future settlement in Syria and for the relations between them on other contested issues. Israel was not mentioned in the context of the ceasefire arrangement, but it has scored several achievements. Nonetheless, Israel is likely to confront an attempt by President Assad to advance forces to southwest Syria and the Golan Heights. Because Assad’s forces rely on help from Iran’s proxies – Shiite militias and Hezbollah – Israel may have to fulfill a counter-threat if any of the red lines it announced are crossed.
Topic
International Cooperation, International Security, International Affairs
Political Geography
Russia, America