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Syrian government negotiator says Israel working with ISIS


The chief Syrian government negotiator at peace talks in Geneva accused Israel on Monday of cooperating with Islamic State and al Qaida militants in the Golan region, deflecting attention from intra-Syrian negotiations.

The Damascus delegation had already sought on Friday to steer the round of peace talks away from the political transition that UN envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to promote as increased fighting across the country threatens to undermine a shaky truce in place since Feb. 27.

“This Israeli provocation … confirms without any doubt the cooperation between Israel and terrorists of Daesh (Islamic State) and Nusra Front on the demarcation line between where the Golan is and UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) troops are positioned,” Bashar Ja’afari told reporters after meeting UN mediator Staffan de Mistura.
He was responding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s holding of a cabinet meeting in the Golan, the first since it was captured from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in 1981. He said the annexation, not recognised internationally, would never be rescinded.

“It is no coincidence at all that this Israeli escalation


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