Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Vladimir Putin seems to prefer Iran to Israel: Did Netanyahu's Summit fail with the Russian president?

Prime Minister Biniamin Netanyahu recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the resort of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea to internalize him about the gravity of the situation as a result of the strengthening of Iranian forces in Syria and Lebanon . "I conveyed to Putin the gravity of the issue and stressed that we will not allow it. All this is directed against us and we will not accept it. " Israel calls on Russia to take its side and prevent the strengthening of Iran in the neighboring region.

However, from the point of view of Moscow things seem to be appreciated differently. It is not certain that Putin has accepted the expressions of Netanyahu or that he intends to do something about it.

A factor close to the Kremlin told the daily Pravda that "Israel seemed alarmed, close to panic." The source, a former policy and defense official, told the newspaper, considered a Russian government spokesman, a hard-line approach to Israel, and Putin himself is likely to be behind that view.

"Despite the anxiety of Israel, the Russian leader remained calm," the newspaper added. "Putin said that 'Iran is a strategic ally of Russia in the Middle East', and even added that 'Israel is also an important partner for Russia in the region', and pointed out that Moscow takes into account the interests of the Jewish state.

"Netanyahu's nightmare came true because Putin rejected his threats," the paper said. The paper emphasizes that Netanyahu failed to convince Putin, who according to the reports, Russia will continue to act to strengthen Iran's position in the region. "Israel can not teach the Russian political projects to the Kremlin to strengthen its policy in the Middle East. Russia will continue to strengthen and consolidate Iran's influence over the Arab monarchies that are trying to create a NATO-style military alliance with Israel, which is given the authority and directives of the United States. "

Meanwhile, the head of Military Intelligence, General Herzi Halevi, told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about the situation on the various fronts. Especially on the Iranian military reinforcement in Syria and the power of the Hezbollah Shiite terrorist group in Lebanon. Halevi stressed that Iran's desire to produce precision missiles for Hezbollah on Lebanese territory and for the Syrian military industry is a serious development on which Israel can not remain indifferent.

"The consolidation of Iran and the Shiite axis in Syria and the strengthening of Hezbollah in Lebanon are two processes that could lead to an undesirable escalation on the northern front," Halevi said.

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