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Friday, February 23, 2018

Putin and Netanyahu discussed the relationship 25 years from now

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since last fall for the third time coming to Moscow. He hopes that Vladimir Putin will be able to influence the Palestinians who refuse bilateral negotiations with Israel. Furthermore, the Israeli Prime Minister needs a guarantee that released with the participation of Russian VKS part of Syria not become a base for Iranian and Russian weapons under any circumstances will not be in the hands of “Hezbollah”.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Benjamin Netanyahu is a frequent guest in Moscow.

Formal occasion of the next visit, Netanyahu was the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel. The President and the Prime Minister willing to talk to the press. According to Putin, Moscow attaches great importance to bilateral contacts not only because Israel is a key player in the middle East, but also because of the special relationship between the two countries. After all, Israel is home to 1.5 million immigrants from Russia and the Soviet Union.

— Two representatives of our delegation Russian native language from birth, and I hope that they remain well spoken, is readily picked up, Israeli Prime Minister. “Now we must discuss how you will develop a special relationship between our countries in the next 25 years.

Putin held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu (11 photos)

However, even before the trip to Moscow, Netanyahu hinted — at his visit there is a more important goal. Or rather, several.

The search for compromise in the Arab-Israeli conflict rested in a dispute about the format of the talks. Palestine wants to join the maximum possible number of countries” — this will reveal the truth about who is really sabotaging the peace process, believe in Ramallah. In turn, Israel, fearing the growing external pressure and the imposition of disadvantageous conditions of peace, insists on the resumption of bilateral negotiations. “The problems of the Middle East can be solved only by the people of the Middle East,” Netanyahu emphasizes. According to him, Israel has twice privately agreed with the Palestinians about the world, and these arrangements were in place for years. So no need to involve third countries no.

Israel did not participate in the international conference on Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which convened on June 3 in Paris, French President Francois Hollande. But Netanyahu is no “heartburn” against possible mediation of Vladimir Putin in talks, according to representatives of the Jewish delegation. “The President and the Prime Minister had a very constructive and trusting manner of communication”, — said the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov. Information about the possible mediation of Putin partially confirmed by the facts: on June 8, arriving in Moscow the Minister of foreign Affairs of Palestine Riyad al-Maliki.

In the Syrian conflict, Israel in addition to the universal goal — defeating terrorism — and there is selfish interest. “A terrorist group “Hezbollah” calls to kill every Jew, reminded Netanyahu. — It is therefore necessary to prevent sophisticated weapons from someone else in their hands.” In addition, tel Aviv expects that Putin will be able to reason with anti-Jewish attacks by the growing power of Iran. According to Netanyahu, Iran has repeatedly violated the commitment not to carry out tests with ballistic missiles and did not hide his true intentions by putting on them the inscription, “Israel will be wiped off the face of the earth.” “Syria under any circumstances should not become an Iranian bridgehead of terrorism and aggression”, — stressed the Prime Minister.

Until both parties are satisfied with the interaction on the “Syrian track”. Back in September during Netanyahu’s visit, an agreement was reached on establishing a direct connection between the air base “Hamim” and the command of the Israeli air force. This “communication channel” is triggered when a Russian plane intruded into Israeli controlled airspace over the Golan heights: after warning the pilot politely held back home.

On the sidelines of this visit was signed an agreement for the payment of pensions to Israelis who had emigrated from the Soviet Union and retained Russian citizenship. According to the labor Ministry of the Russian Federation, the document will increase the number of recipients of insurance pension in Israel from 30 to 100 thousand people. Israeli settlements are modest — 60 thousand people. The expenses of the Russian budget to support former compatriots authorities has not yet been voiced: it is expected that payments will not begin before 2017.

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