Weekly Commentary: Netanyahu's Achievement With Putin Sets High Bar
Dr. Aaron Lerner 22 March, 2017
This Monday Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian journalists that "I
think Russia can play an important role...they can discuss the same issues
with the Israelis...and they can play a role in order that Israel not attack
Syria again in the
There was speculation that our hands were tied.
But today Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appeared to indicate that
the opposite was the case.
When commenting on Israel’s recent air raids against targets in Syria,
Lavrov declined to say that Russia had a problem with the Israeli
Instead he noted that that during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s
visit to Moscow, the parties had confirmed agreements "concerning military
cooperation between Russia and Israel in Syria."
And what did Lavrov have to say about an Israeli attack carried out after
the Netanyahu-Putin meeting?
"We will judge by deeds and not by statements in order to figure out if our
Israeli counterparts abide by these agreements."
Notice that Lavrov didn't say that these agreements prohibit Israeli
To Mr. Netanyahu's credit, he had both the vision and the will to
immediately address the challenge created by the injection of Russian forces
I shudder to think what the situation would be now if Prime Minister
Netanyahu hadn't flown right away to Moscow when this mess began.
Netanyahu's achievements with President Putin set a high bar against which
to judge what understandings he develops with President Trump.
After all, if Binyamin Netanyahu has the skill to cut a deal with Russia
that allows us to kill Russian allies deployed in an area protected by a
sophisticated array of Russian anti-aircraft technology then surely he can
find a way for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to build homes during
the Trump Administration.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on