1. Wide of Yisrael Katz, Israeli transport and intelligence minister during media briefing
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Yisrael Katz, Israeli Intelligence and Transport Minister:
"The south of Syria, we will not accept, it is a red line, that Iranians or Hezbollah forces will remain or stay (in) front the border of Israel or close to the border of Israel. It's not only us but it is also Jordan, it is a common interest for Jordan, they don't want that in the south of Syria will be Iranian forces, okay? We talk with United States even with Russia, we had discussions with them, now there is a new plan, a new ceasefire and we are waiting to see what is the meaning."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yisrael Katz, Israeli Intelligence and Transport Minister:
"Our policy.. that we are against a corridor between Tehran and Beirut. And I think that most of the Arab countries in the region and the United States is against this thing. And the other thing, we are against the establishing of Iranian permanent forces, military forces in Syria."
Israel's intelligence and transport minister said on Monday that his country was closely observing the situation in the south of Syria after a ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia went into effect there.
Yisrael Katz urged caution following the development, saying that Israel would not accept the presence of Iranian or Hezbollah forces at the border area, calling it a "red line".
He said it was "a common interest for Jordan", too.
His statement came amid United Nations-led diplomatic efforts that were seeking partly to ensure humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria and to lay the groundwork for the day when Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year, finally ends.