The strange love affair of Putin and Netanyahu | Middle East Eye
Trump's perverse appeasement of Putin will rebound on Israel President Obama, after some success improving relations during the. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel The narrative of the tense and tetchy relationship between liberal. But President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump don't out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia agony.
It is hard to understand and explain this unusual, wonderful friendship. It was in Septemberwhen Israel panicked after realising that Russia had deployed its warplanes in Syria and had begun bombing rebel positions in support of the Bashar al-Assad regime.
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Netanyahu tried to persuade Putin that Russian planes should not fly near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights. Since the beginning of the civil war five-and-a-half years ago, Israeli warplanes have attacked at least 15 times weapon depots and convoys shipping land-to-air-missiles, long-range ground missiles, and land-to-sea missiles from Syria to Hezbollah. The weak Syrian air force and its air defences did not even try to challenge the mighty Israeli air force.
But since the establishment of the coordination, which is still in place and operates well, there was no need for any further meetings between the leaders. The de-confliction arrangement is operated by senior officers from both armies. Yet Netanyahu kept flying to see Putin. Aside from issuing laconic statements, the Israeli prime minister has never provided any elaborate and genuine report or explanation, not even to his cabinet ministers or to the Knesset parliamentlet alone to the public, about the nature and content of his intimate relations with Putin.
It is not a secret in international relations that with Putin there are no free meals. But so far no one has managed to decipher the currency Israel pays back to Russia.
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In the past, in order to please Russia, Israel provided licences for its advanced technologies. For example, after the end of the Russian-Georgian war inRussia expressed its anger that Israel sold weapons to Georgia. To compensate Russia, Israel licensed Russia to produce Israeli-made drones.
Soon Russia began producing its own version of the drones based on Israeli technology. Master of deception As a former KGB officer, Putin is a shrewd, cunning leader and master of deception.
These skills have to be remembered when the friendship between the two is seemingly flourishing. Via the Russian channel, Israel inadvertently finds itself in bed with strange bedfellows — its sworn enemies — Iran and Hezbollah.
Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are operating a joint command room. It won't surprise anyone if one day it will be found that some of the de-conflicting and other secrets which Israel has shared with Russia made their way to the joint command room. Indeed, the US is noting the Israeli-Russian honeymoon with growing concern.
The Obama administration is well aware that Russian strategic goals in Syria are not only to save the Assad regime and keep it in power - at least over some parts of the country - and to enhance its position in the Middle East, but also to create a wedge between the US and its traditional allies in the area, Israel included.
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In that sense, willingly or not, Israel is manipulated by Russia. As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. During this three-year time frame, Netanyahu has met with Putin more than with any other world leader, including US presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
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It is no small achievement that, indeed, there has not been any clash — accidental or otherwise — between Russian and Israeli forces in Syria over the last three years. This is not something that can be taken for granted, something that just happens.
Rather, the understanding and cooperation necessary to avoid those clashes have been a direct result from the meetings between the leaders at the top.
But for Putin, there is more: Inviting Netanyahu to Moscow when the eyes of the world are on the capital because of the World Cup is a high-profile visit.
The strange love affair of Putin and Netanyahu
Inviting him to Moscow in May to sit with him and review the parade in Red Square marking the victory over Nazi Germany is a very high-profile visit. This is the prime minister and Putin meeting in the full glare of the cameras for the whole world — and all the Russian people — to see, and doing so time and time again.
What message is Putin trying to send with these meetings? Sure, Russia might have been drummed out of the G8, which has reverted to being the G7, but its counsel and favors are sought after by leading international figures.