Netanyahu cancels faction meeting over emergency Syria talks

Minutes before it is due to begin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a Likud faction meeting set to open the Knesset’s summer session at 3 p.m., due to an ongoing security cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

The high-level forum convened for an emergency meeting earlier this afternoon, hours after missile strikes in Syria reportedly killed some 16 Iranian troops.

Ministers were told to arrive at the Kirya military base, which is also home to the Defense Ministry, in Tel Aviv at 1:30 p.m. The impromptu meeting was to focus on the rising tension on Israel’s northern borders.

The Likud faction meeting was due to include a celebratory opening of the new Knesset session, in keeping with party tradition.

— Raoul Wootliff

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