Although the Trump-Putin summit was roundly condemned by the media and political establishment as a total failure, immense progress was made on a number of disputes between the United States and Russia. The summit’s impact is already being felt in the Levant, according to a report by the Jerusalem Post.
Following a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, Russia has agreed to create a buffer zone in Syria that is free of Iranian troops and proxy militias, extending 62 miles from the Israeli border. Israel, one of America’s closest allies, had feared that Islamic terrorist organizations such as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, would continue to use southern Syria as a launchpad for attacks against Israeli territory.
Netanyahu also reserved Israel’s right to strike targets beyond the buffer zone if necessary, and urged the Russians to close Syria’s borders with Lebanon and Iraq in order to constrain the flow of Iranian weapons and proxy militias into Syria.
The situation in southern Syria was a key point of agreement during the Trump-Putin summit, despite the United States and Russia having markedly different views on the broader Syrian Civil War. Both leaders had conversed extensively with Netanyahu beforehand, with the Israeli Premier urging Trump to press Putin on ousting the Iranians from the border region. Trump, a master dealmaker, quickly reached an understanding between the two global power brokers on this crucial matter.
While the very same out-of-touch politicians who were behind the breakdown of relations between the United States and Russia quibble over the technicalities of Trump’s statements, the President has moved decisively and strongly to ensure the security of the world’s only Jewish state.