Montage Trump Putin w Netanyahu overlay Photos Trump campaign Kremlin Israeli LOGOIt would be a mistake to think there is, or will be, smooth sailing between Jerusalem and Trump's new administration in Washington D.C. When Netanyahu meets with the new US president, he will have four pressing concerns.

Montage Syria safe zones Putin Trump Erdogan Photos debka dot com Wikimedia Commons Kremlin dor ru LOGOApparently, Trump and Putin have done more than greet one another on the phone. According to DEBKAfile, they have struck a deal regarding Syria. Under that deal, Iran and its proxies must depart, leaving the US in charge of security along Syria's border with Israel. On the other hand, it solidifies Russia's presence in the Middle East. Moscow is not about to leave.

Montage Trump and Netanyahu Photos DonaldJTrump dot com and Israeli GPO LOGOOnly days away from swearing in as the 45th president of the United States, Trump is not waiting to jump into international policy matters, including Israel and the nations in its neighborhood.

Mezze military airbase in Damascus Photos Google Maps Earth Twitter postLast night Damascus was hit by two explosions. One, a suicide bombing at an officers' club, killed at least ten. The other happened at the Mezzeh airport. Damascus blames Israel. But, for disturbing reasons revealed by this Israeli intelligence report from DEBKAfile, Israel is an unlikely candidate. Who then? And why? 

Putin on 3 October 2016 Photo Kremlin websiteWhat are Russia's true intentions in Syria? Maintain the status quo, playing off its tensions? Or complete regime victory for Assad? If the latter, writes Jonathan Spyer, "there is trouble ahead."

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