Tag Archive for Israel Russia

Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile defense system in Syria is unacceptable

Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.

By Nitzan Keidar

 

Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.

A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Moscow rejected Israel’s call for wide buffer zone in Syria distancing Iranian forces

Israeli intel has yet to detect Iranian activity close to its border since the ceasefire came into effect, however IDF officials, according to the report, believe Iran will gradually establish a presence in the area, with the aim of opening up a 2nd front against Israel in the next conflict with Hezbollah.

By i24NEWS

 

Russia rejected an Israeli request to keep Iranian military forces at least 60 kilometers from its border with Syria during negotiations over a July ceasefire in the south of the country, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.

IDF Merkava tank and crew train on the Golan Heights.

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Israel’s PM Netanyahu to meet with Putin in Sochi, then Kushner in Jerusalem

PM Netanyahu is to meet Russia’s President Putin in the resort city of Sochi and afterwards with President Trump’s US envoys to discuss Iran, Syria, and how to persuade the Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, to engage in peace talks.

By Nitsan Keidar

 

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday in the Russian city Sochi, near the Black Sea.

The two leaders will speak about regional developments, especially in light of Israel’s concern that Iran’s influence in Syria is growing.

Israel’s PM Netanyahu & Russian President Putin met to discuss cooperation in Syria. – Photo: Israel GPO

“In the past two years Prime Minister Netanyahu has met with Russian President Putin every few months in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues and in order to prevent friction between the Israeli and Russian air forces in Syria, so far successfully,” a spokesman said. Continue Reading »

From Soviet gulag, to Russian Parliament, Israeli Knesset Speaker will deliver address

 

Former Soviet ‘refusenik’ and Israel’s current Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, will address the upper house of the Russian Parliament, first in Hebrew …and then continue in his mother-tongue Russian, further developing the excellent ties between both countries.

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will become the first Israeli official to address the upper house of the Russian Parliament this week, a historic first holding even greater significance as he was a Prisoner of Zion in the Soviet Union.

“This is a special trip, and there is great excitement about it,” Edelstein said Monday. “The goal is to further develop the excellent ties between our countries, especially the connections between the Knesset and the Russian Parliament. Continue Reading »

Russian officials in Jerusalem seeking closer ties with Israel on Syrian unrest

 

In a new strategy that may end Syrian unrest, senior Russian parliamentarians meet with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members in Jerusalem, seeking closer cooperation based on Israeli influence inside Syria.

By HERB KEINON

 

Russia wants to increase cooperation with Israel regarding Syria, and would like Jerusalem to use any influence it has to get opposition groups there to lay down arms and enter negotiations, Konstantin Kosachev, a senior Russian parliamentarian, told The Jerusalem Post.

Viktor Ozerov – Photo (L): Profimedia and Konstantin Kosachev – Photo (R): Medija centar Beograd

Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, was in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, for meetings with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Continue Reading »

Russia invites IDF to participate in International Army Games competition

 

IDF delegations in the fields of military medicine and logistics will be sent to Russia to compete against the military forces of 27 other countries in the annual International Army Games.

Alex Fishman

 

For the first time, the IDF has been invited to participate in the International Army Games against 27 other countries, including the Syrian Army.In the past three years, the Russians have been conducting an annual “military Olympics” in which various armies from the world compete in professional fields such as armor, paratroopers, military police, medicine, and more. The 2017 games will also include drone usage for the first time. Continue Reading »

The Race is On: Will Russia beat the U.S. into moving its embassy to Jerusalem?

 

While the US already has two plots of land in Jerusalem, the Russians have a substantial amount of property in Jerusalem’s Russian Compound that could easily house a new embassy, and probably considered that when they made their historic change in policy.

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Last week witnessed two threshold events that signaled a profound change in the Middle East: the Trump administration’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation for Assad’s latest nerve gas attack on civilians, and Russia’s surprise recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Both dramatic events took the world by surprise, representing nearly simultaneous reversals of the internationally accepted status quo. Continue Reading »

Russia among very first to declare officially, West Jerusalem is Capital of Israel

 

In a statement on Russia’s official Foreign Ministry website, the Kremlin adjusted its previous policy that Jerusalem should be under control of a permanent int’l authority, to being the Capital of the State of Israel.

By i24NEWS

 

The Kremlin on Thursday declared that it views West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a statement on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s official website, making Russia one of the first countries to recognize any part of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is located in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish State. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state,” read the statement. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: Agreement with Putin solid- Israel will neutralized weapons transfers

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Russia’s position on the matter has not changed.” The agreement between Jerusalem and Moscow continues to allow the Israel Air Force to carry out defensive actions against terrorist targets in Syria.

By Shlomo Cesana, Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a state visit to China, commented Tuesday on Israel’s recent airstrike in Syria, targeting a Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy, saying if a threat to Israel is detected it will be neutralized.

Flames and smoke from the Mazzah military airport outside Damascus, following an explosion at an ammunition and weapons stockpile attributed to Israel.

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Analysis: Moscow accepts Jerusalem’s justifications to defend Israel in Syria

 

Israel’s alleged airstrike that took place in the Damascus area on Friday prompted a Russian official to admit that ‘Israel is naturally fighting organizations jeopardizing its security.’ In other words, even Moscow understands that Jerusalem will not allow weapons in Syria to be used against the Jewish State.

By Alex Fishman

 

In recent weeks, Israel has been intensifying its dialogue with the Russians, both on the diplomatic level and on the practical level, on Syrian soil. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often talks to Russian President Putin, but at the same time Israel was accused over the weekend of striking near the Mezzeh Military Airport in the Damascus area. Continue Reading »

US demands from Israel intel information on drone given to Russian PM

 

view videoUS demands clarification as to whether the drone used by Israeli researchers, that Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel gave Russian PM Medvedev as a present, contained American technology.

By Itamar Eichner

 

An American official from the US Embassy in Israel has commented for the first time since Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel gave Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev a drone as a gift worth 200,000 shekels which was being used by researchers at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

“The US demands information from the Israeli authorities in order to determine whether there was American technology in the drone,” the official said days after Uriel’s humiliating and potentially consequential blunder. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Netanyahu: Jerusalem in ‘close contact’ with Moscow to avoid Syria misunderstandings

 

Speaking to IDF soldiers, Israel’s PM assures them that, “The reality in the Middle East is changing very rapidly, and not necessarily to our detriment.”

 

Israel is in “close contact” with Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, the day Russia launched a major new offensive in Syria.

Netanyahu, on a visit to the new military training complex named after Ariel Sharon in the Negev, was asked about Russia’s presence in Syria by a soldier.

Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier - Wikimedia Commons/Mil.ru.

Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier currently anchored off of Syria’s coast. – Wikimedia Commons/Mil.ru.

He replied that he has met four times with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last year. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Russian PM declares support of Jewish connection to Jerusalem

In a TV2 report, Russian PM Medvedev says, “Our country never denied Israel’s or the Jewish people’s rights to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke with Channel 2 about the Israel-Russia relationship.

During the interview Medvedev was asked about UNESCO’s decision to deny history and claim Israel has no connection to the Western Wall and other holy places in Jerusalem.

 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Photo: AFP

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: AFP

“I think this subject has been blown out of proportion. UNESCO has made at least ten similar decisions, worded almost identically to this one. Continue Reading »

IDF failed to destroy Russian drone that invaded Israeli airspace

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin informed PM Netanyahu that the UAV which accidentally entered Israeli airspace was Russian, not Hezbollah’s or Syrian.

By David Rosenberg

 

A drone which penetrated Israeli airspace three weeks ago was Russian, not Syrian, as initially believed, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

In mid-July, three weeks ago to the day, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crossed into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights from the Syrian frontier, and managed to fly some 2.5 miles (4 km) into Israeli airspace before turning back.

At the time, an IDF spokesperson acknowledged that a drone had entered Israeli airspace, but gave no indication as to who was behind the incident. Continue Reading »

Russia’s Red Army returns captured IDF tank to Netanyahu

 

PM Netanyahu: “For the past 34 years we have been looking for our fighters and we will not cease until we can bring them to graves in the State of Israel. For these 34 years, the Katz, Feldman and Baumel families have not had a grave to visit. But now they will have this tank, a remnant from the battle of Sultan Ya’akov, that they can visit and touch, and which will let them feel their common memory.”

By Nitsan Keider

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara took part in an official ceremony for the return of a tank that had been captured by Syria during the 1982 war in Lebanon. Continue Reading »