The Russian government is in agreement with the US and Israel over a key issue regarding the future of the Assad regime and the Kremlin’s support for the Syrian military, US National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed on 19 August 2018.
Russian military police have begun patrolling the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, highlighting Moscow’s increasing clout as a Middle Eastern power broker following its intervention in the civil war there.
Three shipping containers containing tens of thousands of balloons on their way to Gaza were stopped and confiscated at the Ashdod port on 13 August 2018.
White House Adviser Jared Kushner is working to uncover the true number of Palestinian Authority (PA) refugees as part of a plan to close UNWRA.
A subcommittee of the Jerusalem municipality has approved plans to expand the American embassy in the city. Mayor Nir Barkat said that “this is another stage in establishing the status of the embassy in the capital of Israel.”
Russian Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev claims Russia has arranged a buffer of 85 kilometers (53 miles) for Iranian units near the Israeli border. Previously Israel rejected an offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from the border.
Russia cannot compel Iranian forces to quit Syria, Moscow’s ambassador to Tel Aviv said on Monday, 30 July 2018, rebuffing a long-standing demand by Israel.
Iranian nuclear documents seized by the Israeli Mossad in January 2018 shows Iran’s nuclear weapons program was “larger, more sophisticated and better organized” than suspected, experts were quoted as saying in the New York Times on Sunday, 16 July 2018.