Israel dumbfounded by US withdrawal from Syria

For Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, this is an acute strategic problem with far-reaching consequences

An Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria. Mr Avigdor Liberman, who resigned as Israel's defence minister a few weeks ago, said in a radio interview that the US' move to pull out of Syria means "the danger of an a
An Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria. Mr Avigdor Liberman, who resigned as Israel's defence minister a few weeks ago, said in a radio interview that the US' move to pull out of Syria means "the danger of an all-out conflict on Israel's northern border in both Lebanon and Syria" has increased enormously.PHOTO: REUTERS

When Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enumerates his foreign policy achievements, the one thing he always likes to mention first is his close relationship with United States President Donald Trump.

And while the US leader disavows other allies, Israel's Premier has remained one of his closest confidants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2018, with the headline 'Israel dumbfounded by US withdrawal from Syria'. Print Edition | Subscribe