But President Trump's sudden decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria has overshadowed most of this year's celebrations.
With Iran supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has long pledged to keep it from entrenching itself militarily next door.
With Turkey now the last major power still backing the Syrian opposition, Saudi Arabia has joined the U.S.in backing a mostly Kurdish faction known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, opposed by Ankara due to alleged links to an ongoing Kurdish insurgency at home. Stating that the U.S.' decision will not push Israel back, he said, "The decision to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy: We will continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there". His decision immediately triggered demands from Congress - including leading Republicans - for more information and a formal briefing on the matter. Sen.
In April, Macron visited Washington and the power play between the two was again evident to see, with Trump appearing to flick a piece of dandruff off Macron's jacket on national television, saying "we have to make him flawless".
Israel has repeatedly taken action, carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hizballah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese group.
"I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria", he said.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi government, which in October delivered $100m to the United States, two months after pledging the sum to help stabilise parts of Syria and just as worldwide outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh's shifting narratives about his fate grew. The two leaders agreed on the need for more effective coordination over the war-torn country.
On Saturday, a senior Kurdish official called on the United States to prevent a potential Turkish offensive against areas in northern Syria inhabited by Kurds, calling it America's "duty to prevent any attack and to put an end to Turkish threats". Like walking away from a forest fire that is still smoldering underfoot.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to clear Kurdish and Isis groups from northern Syria. What do we know about this decision? The Turks had complained that the USA was slow walking requests for air defenses, and they had signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy a sophisticated system in a deal that Washington and Ankara's other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners strongly opposed.
Turkey began reinforcing its positions on both sides of its border with Syria on Sunday (December 23), as Ankara and Washington agreed to co-ordinate a USA withdrawal from Syria. Turkey said the two countries will ensure there is no "authority vacuum" once the USA troops leave.
Earlier this year, the Saudis promised the president $100 million for American efforts to stabilize Syria.
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