Tag Archive for Israel Russia

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 »

Netanyahu visits opening of Judea and Samaria produce expo in Moscow


In a total #BDSfail, PM Netanyahu attended the start of the “Opening Doors to Israel” project in Moscow, which highlights produce from Judea and Samaria.

By Eliran Aharon


A delegation of the Yesha Council in Judea and Samaria has arrived in Moscow for the first time, in a joint project with the Strategic Affairs Ministry to present produce from the Biblical heartland of Israel to Russian consumers.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who arrived with his wife Sarah Netanyahu in Moscow on Monday night, attended the opening of the “Opening Doors to Israel” project in Moscow, which included produce from Judea and Samaria brought by the delegation. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: Russia’s relation to Israel is only growing stronger and deeper


Israel’s PM heads to Russia for his 4th ‘face to face’ in less than a year, so he and Putin can discuss terrorism, the ongoing Syrian civil war and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



The deepening ties between Israel and Russia are important for the country’s security, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday as he addressed a Jerusalem Day ceremony on the eve of his Monday departure to Moscow.

Netanyahu and Putin. – Photo: REUTERS

On Tuesday he will hold his fourth face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in less than a year to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries and to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations. Continue Reading »

34 years later, Russia returns captured IDF tank to Israel


With no sign of the three Israeli soldiers who manned the tank during the First Lebanon War at the Battle of Sultan Yacoub, Russia agrees to return the tank to Israel to be used as a memorial.

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his appreciation on Sunday for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of a presidential decree ordering the return of an IDF tank that was captured in 1982 during the First Lebanon War.

The captured Israeli tank currently on display at the Moscow Military Museum will return to Israel as the only reminder/memorial of the missing three IDF soldiers (inserted on photo) from the Battle of Sultan Yacoub. 

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Russia acquiesces following request from Jerusalem, freezes Iran missile sale


Following Russian confirmation that Hezbollah has already gained possession of Iranian missiles not intended for them, Moscow has accepted diplomatic requests by Israel to freeze controversial sale of heavy anti-air missiles to Iran.

By David Rosenberg


Russian President Vladimir Putin has frozen missiles bound for Iran amid Israeli protest of the sale, the Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida reports.

Russian S-300 missile systems – Reuters

According to the report, an order of S-300 heavy surface-to-air missiles purchased by Iran has been put on hold by the Russian leader following talks with Israeli officials.

Israel criticized the sale, claiming that at least some of the S-300 missiles would likely fall into the hands of the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. Continue Reading »

Israel, Russia negotiating free trade agreement




Russia and Israel are planning to ink a free trade agreement in the very near future, a Kremlin official is quoted as telling the Russian news agency TASS on Friday.

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Decades After Jewish Exodus from USSR, Putin Invites European Jews to Russia


Decades after millions of Jews fled the USSR leaving the ex-republic without their influential Jewish population, Putin’s comments were well received, with the World Israel Beytenu Movement attributing Putin’s call an example of “his positive approach toward the Jewish Community in Russia & Israel.”



Western European Jews fleeing from anti-Semitism are welcome to take refuge in the Russian Federation, which is “ready to accept them,” President Vladimir Putin told a visiting delegation of Jewish community leaders on Tuesday.

In an exchange with Dr. Moshe Vyacheslav Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, in the Kremlin, Putin reacted to reports of stark increases in anti-Semitic violence by stating that Jews “should come here, to Russia.” Continue Reading »

Analysis: Putin & Netanyahu have common worries, understandings & solutions


As the first Russian president to visit Israel, Putin, who shares a common fear of terrorism, and was  supportive of ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ is the closest friend Israel has ever had in Moscow.

By Josh Cohen, Reuters


Love him or hate him, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria unquestionably upended Middle Eastern politics. Putin supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, established several military bases in Syria, created a de-facto Russian-Shi’ite axis, confronted Turkey and forced the West to re-engage with him.

Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem – Photo: Marc Israel Salem

While all the region’s major players feel the influence of Russia’s military campaign, one country overlooked by commentators analyzing Russia’s Syrian campaign is Israel. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu & Putin on the phone again, discussing Syria, ISIS, counter-terrorism


Israel’s PM and the Russian president spoke on the phone again, maintaining close cooperation and coordination in the region, discussing also the multiple claims that arose in Arab media that Russia & Israel coordinated the assassination of Hezbollah leader Samir Kuntar in Syria.

By Itamar Eichner, Roi Kais


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to coordinate their two countries’ actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, only three days after Hezbollah leader Samir Kuntar was killed in an airstrike in Syria, which the Lebanese terror organization attributes to Israel. Continue Reading »

Analyst: Russia knew in advance of Kuntar airstrike inside Syria


Without Russian assurances to ignore foreign jets inside protected airspace, Israel would not have committed to ‘low-priority’ mission, says IMRA.

By Gil Ronen


Israel notified Russia that it intends to strike a target inside Damascus before the airstrike that killed Samir Kuntar, estimates Dr. Aaron Lerner, of Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA).

Russia Knew - A7 Screenshot

Lerner bases this conclusion on the fact that the strike took place at a time that the Russian S-400 system is in full operation.

“Samir Kuntar is hardly such a critical target for Israel that it would employ techniques for engaging in operations within an active S-400 envelope,” he explained. Continue Reading »

Israel cultivates Russian tourists after airliner downing over Sinai & Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighterjet


Tourism Minister Yariv Levin mentioned how the “Russian tourists in Israel really feel at home and can ask, talk & receive information in Russian without any problem.”
• New campaign advertises historical tours alongside beach and leisure resorts.

The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


Israel is launching a campaign to attract Russian tourists, marketing the country as an alternative to Turkey and Egypt, Israeli tourism officials said Thursday.

The southern Israeli resort town of Eilat – Photo: Sasi Horseh

The campaign was prompted in part by the recent bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane that it claimed strayed into Turkish airspace. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Putin and Netanyahu Engage in Friendly Dialogue at Global Climate Summit in Paris


view videoThe 2 leaders spoke of their succesful military cooperation, which has helped avert at least one aerial incident when a Russian jet entered 1.5km into Israeli airspace by mistake.
Russia began arming its fighter-bombers with air to air missiles for “defensive purposes.”

By Ynetnews, Reuters


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of Israeli-Russian military cooperation to prevent “unnecessary accidents” at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Global Climate summit in Paris on Monday.

Netanyahu and Putin in Paris – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom

Putin, likewise, praised the “mechanism of cooperation” which the two sides had established in relation to Russia’s military operations in Syria. Continue Reading »