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Will Washington join Tel Aviv to prevent Iranian expansion in Syria?

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A strategic cooperation agreement was signed between the US and Israel during a two-day secret discussions held between the Israeli national security counselor, Meir Ben Shabbat, who headed a high-ranking Israeli security delegation, and the US national security adviser Herbert McMaster and his security staff on December 12th.

The agreement was focused on ways to counter the Iranian expansion in Syria and to develop strategies to confront it militarily and politically.

A joint team was formed to counter Iranian activity in the region, especially to prevent their military presence in Syria. The team will also confront Hezbollah and prepare for the day when the Syrian crisis ends, as well as preventing Iranian support for Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic extremist groups and other organizations.

A second joint team will specialize in ballistic missiles and Iran's attempts to provide Hezbollah with strategic weapons, which is what Israeli raids in Syria are currently targeting. They will also focus on preventing Iran from establishing missile factories in Syria and Lebanon.

A third team will handle potential escalation scenarios in the region, in which Iran might intervene, specifically a new war arising with Hezbollah.

The fourth joint team will be responsible for secret operations and diplomatic efforts to abort Iran's nuclear resources, and to supervise their nuclear activity.

They will also focus on finding additional diplomatic options outside of the nuclear agreement, in order to impose sanctions on Iran.

US and Israeli sources said that the strategic understanding included a detailed action plan to confront Iran.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, previously said that Israel will not allow Iranian military presence in Syria and will target any precision weapons directed towards it.

Since the recent developments on the Golan front, where Assad regime forces and Hezbolllah have quickly gained control of surrounding areas and are approaching the Golan region, Israel has shown signs of concern.

Their concerns stem from the possibility of Iran and Hezbollah having a unified fighting front in Golan, making them in control of both Lebanon and Syria.