This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin. Israel Hayom's Shlomo Cesana reports that during the meeting, Netanyahu will focus on Syria - preventing friction between Israeli and Russian forces, and opposing any Iranian incursions:
"The effort to formulate an agreement there will be at the center of our conversation. In the context of this agreement, or without it, Iran is trying to establish itself permanently in Syria, with a military presence on the ground and at sea, and also a gradual attempt to open a front against us on the Golan Heights," Netanyahu said.
"I will express to President Putin Israel's sharp and vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope we will be able to reach certain understandings in order to reduce possible friction between our forces and theirs, as we have successfully done up until now..."
Netanyahu said that in phone conversations with the Russian leader, he had explained to Putin that Israel was not pleased with Russia's operations in Syria or with how the Russian involvement was firing up the Shiite militias and other groups.
The prime minister stressed that Israel and Russia enjoyed ties of friendship, but there were several conflicting interests...