Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the “Trump-Putin” cease-fire agreement in Syria, saying the arrangement will only empower Iran.
Speaking from France after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Netanyahu told reporters that Israel was staunchly opposed to the negotiated cease-fire deal between Russia and the U.S.
According to Haaretz, Israeli opposition to the deal had been kept quiet from media outlets, but after the deal was finalized with little consideration for Israeli requests, Netanyahu went public with his dissent.
The cease-fire in Syria, which has so far been holding, has been touted as one of President Trump’s first major foreign policy successes. However, cease-fires in Syria have been tried before, with little to no success. Time will tell if leveraging the improved relationship with Putin will pay dividends in enforcing the terms of the cease-fire agreement.