Putin to meet with Israeli PM, Iranian official in Moscow

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Israel's air force attacked three military positions in Syria Wednesday night, the Israeli army reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to attend the FIFA World Cup semi-finals after meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.

Israeli forces attacked Syrian regime military positions near the Golan Heights border in the early hours of Thursday, causing limited damage, Syrian state media said.

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. An Israeli security source said police were scouring the Sea of Galilee, at the Golan foothills in northern Israel, for possible debris.

Israeli officials have said they are concerned that Assad will let his Iranian and Hizballah allies entrench near the Golan Heights, which Israel captured and annexed from Syria in 1967.

Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence on its doorstep in neighboring Syria. Putin replied that such a demand was unrealistic, leading some to fear that Netanyahu would agree to some kind of arrangement under which Russian Federation promised to keep said Iranian forces in check, while allowing them to remain deployed within striking distance of Israel.

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"[It] is a flawless play in that sense because it's aspirational, it's murky, it would take years to accomplish, and yet they could declare it as some tangible outcome", he said.

The military said a reconnaissance drone from Syria flew 10 kilometers into Israeli airspace the previous day.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale published on July 11 that Moscow hopes Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Putin is to be their ninth meeting in the last three years.

"There should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF", a United Nations spokesman said. Netanyahu's government has made clear it would not now cede the Golan and has been lobbying for US recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there.

"The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces", they added.

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