Israel has recognized the legitimacy of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the aftermath of the groundbreaking Helsinki summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which dealt extensively with the Syrian conflict.
“From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule,” said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a Russian Jew and one of Putin’s closest political allies in the Jewish State.
Israel has previously called for the ouster of the Assad regime, arguing that it served as an Iranian client state that would be used to launch attacks on the Israeli Golan Heights. However, Trump and Putin appear to have allayed these concerns during the summit by agreeing on an 80 mile buffer zone between the two countries which Iranian forces and allied militias are not permitted to enter.
The remarks by Lieberman reflect similar comments by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who announced that “Bashar is staying” in March, while urging greater distance between Syria and Iran. Saudi Arabia was the leading backer of the Syrian rebels for much of the war. Like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bin Salman was in close communication with Putin in the months preceding the Helsinki summit.
With Trump utilizing his leverage with Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Putin reins in the ambitions of Iran and Turkey, an end to the now 7 year long civil war in Syria appears to be in sight. While the liberal media continues to mock our President, the master deal maker is leading the charge towards world peace. Having resolved the North Korean missile crisis and the Syrian Civil War, Trump is now ramping up diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing problems in Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza and Ukraine.