Iran, Iraq Refuse Israeli Offer of Aid Following Deadly Earthquake

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The issue of the Iranian military presence on the Israeli borders received additional boost last week after Jordan, Russia and the United States signed a memorandum, stipulating withdrawal of foreign forces from south-western Syria.

"Netanyahu's offer of assistance to those impacted by the natural disaster in Iran and Iraq was the right thing to do".

The map was shown to the AP by an Israeli official.

USA officials have agreed that Iranian-backed militias could be using American-made arms and McGurk had a key role in enabling policies that helped arm the militants, the conservative Washington Free Beacon said in a piece on Monday, citing American officials.

The letter came a day after American officials said that U.S. has been arming Iranian-linked militia and anti-Daesh envoy appointed during former U.S. President Barack Obama's tenure, Brett McGurk played a significant role in it.

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During a visit to Israel's northern border on Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stressed that the army is prepared for all scenarios. "We are brothers. We see Israel as the protector of the Druze community". "We stand shoulder to shoulder with countries of the moderate camp in the Arab world, in the face of radical Islam, no matter where it comes from, be it Iran, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) group or elsewhere", he said, without naming the countries. "Anyone who has yet to understand this, should".

"We state the fact of our and the Iranian legitimate presence [in Syria] at the invitation of the legitimate government", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.

Israel has long warned about the involvement of it archenemy Iran, and its terror proxy Hezbollah, in Syria.

Israel has reservations that not enough is being done to tackle Iran's presence in southern Syria. He added that "there was no talk about Iran or, moreover, pro-Iranian forces".

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