The Kremlin announced on Wednesday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin signed the pardon to free Israeli Naama Issachar from a lengthy prison sentence handed down over alleged possession of a small amount of contraband.
Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for agreeing to return a tank from a battle in the 1982 First Lebanon war when Israel fought against Syria and Lebanon. After the war, Syria gave the tank to the Russian army and it later ended up in a Moscow museum.
According to recent reports, Netanyahu is upset over indications that a negotiated deal on the Syrian civil war that is being worked on by world powers would declare the Golan Heights as Syrian territory.
Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed Israel’s “grave concerns” regarding the deal. Netanyahu stressed the sale will “only encourage Iranian aggression in the region” and “further undermine the stability of the Middle East.”
The geopolitical landscape surrounding Israel is shifting in such a way that if navigated correctly could lead to full diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Sunni Arab governments around the Middle East.
It may not be easy to find the Goldilocks solution where we don’t do too much as in Iraq or too little as in Syria, but until we have a serious debate about Iraq (and...Syria) and consider what needs to be learned from these conflicts, we will thrash around using false analogies and making bad judgments.
Putin and Netanyahu, meeting in Paris on the sidelines of the UN climate conference, discussed continued cooperation in the fight against global terror. The Russian president acknowledged Israel's significant contribution in that regard.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet at the upcoming 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris to discuss the increasing Islamic terror in Syria and across the globe.
Top Russian military officials are in Israel for two days of meetings over coordination on Syria, where Moscow has stepped up assistance to the Assad regime. Israel fears Russia could interfere if the IDF needs to act against terrorists in Syria who threaten the Jewish state.
The Israeli leader plans to fly to Moscow next week to relay concerns that a Russian military presence in Syria would hinder operations against the Hezbollah terror organization and threatens the security of the State of Israel.