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October 30, 2015 12:27 pm

Ahead of International Syria Talks, Israeli Minister Elkin Meets Russian FM Lavrov to Lay Out Israel’s Red Lines

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Israeli Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze'ev Elkin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Strategic Affairs and Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin laid out Israel’s red lines in Syria in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday, Israeli nrg news reported.

The Israeli minister, according to the report, relayed to Lavrov Israel’s three main concerns: preventing the flow of weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, maintaining a quiet border in the Golan Heights and upholding the ban on the use of chemical weapons.

While the meeting was scheduled in advance to discuss economic issues, ultimately it ended up happening a day before Russia headed to international talks on the Syrian war on Friday and Saturday.  The Israelis used Elkin’s trip as a chance to lay out their concerns.

“Israel believes this meeting is very important in light of the Vienna meetings and what appears to be a significant improvement for the battered Syrian president, Bashar Assad, ” reported nrg. Additionally, Lavrov reportedly described to Elkin some of Moscow’s plans for the months ahead in Syria.

According to the report, the Israelis made the request for the meeting between Lavrov, a close confidant of President Vladimir Putin’s, and Elkin, who is not only close to Netanyahu but was also his translator during the prime minister’s meeting with Putin last month as Russia was stepping up its aerial campaign in Syria.

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  • A good move by Israel. Whether Lavrov listens and takes action asked for is another matter. Israel has so many foreign threats to be concerned with it boggles the mind.
    The solution is the leaders of the Arab countries stop teaching in their schools, speeches and media hate of Israel. It starts when their children are only two years old. That is the only solution I see.

    With Russia nearby, it’s a whole new issue. Although I read that they are executing their military actions rather poorly, and are short of tanks and other equipment due to incompetence. But we can’t rely upon that to go on forever.

  • The Arabs never had Palestine-Israel – The Arab-Muslims are the occupiers.

    The Arab-Muslims will never have Palestine-Israel; face it and live with it, this is the true reality and stop hallucinating and living in delusions.

    Israel aka Palestine was always a Jewish land for the past 4,000 years; and it will continue to be Jewish territory.
    The Jews are the only remaining indigenous people. Since the time the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem; Jews have continued to live in Israel which the Romans renamed Palestine. After WWI; The Supreme Allied Powers under international law and treaties allocated over 5 million square miles of territory to the Arabs-Muslims and about 75,000 square miles of territory in Palestine for the Jewish National Home, adopting the 1917 Balfour Declaration. The British government, who wanted control of the oil reserves in the Arab countries, violated the treaty in 1922 by illegally reallocating 80% of Jewish territory everything east of the Jordan River to a new Arab State of Transjordan. Jordan received its independence in 1946 by the UN which has no such authority to create new states.
    The British caused the deaths of millions of Jews by violating their duty as trustee for the Jewish people and restricting Jewish immigration into Palestine-Israel from at least 1939 to 1948. The British went as far as blowing up Jewish Holocaust refugee ships bound for Palestine-Israel after WWII in “Operation Embarrass”. Now the UN which has no such authority to reallocate territories in existing countries as well as various other countries that depend on Arab oil; are pushing their agenda to take away Judea and Samaria aka West Bank from Israel and give it to the Arabs. In view of the Gaza debacle; Israel does not need another terrorist entity in Judea and Samaria.
    To date; the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets; including over 70,000 square miles of real property.
    YJ Draiman

  • John Hamzawsky

    Israel might end up neighboring powers not in its favor.
    Putin is not going to last for ever. Having all those parties north of Israel might lead to a weird combination of radical Shi’ite, Russian bases, and Iranian military influence.
    Even if the plan with the Russian was to oust the Iranians, the region is becoming flooded with unpleasant fractions.
    Kicking the Sunnis out of Syria might be delightful to Israelis for the time being, but on the long run, Israel will realize that those Sunnis have never been of a real threat, since their mentality is rather enjoy life and Syrians are not traditionally real worriers.
    Israel might miss the luxury of having lazy Sunni neighbors up north, and might regret today’s events on the long run.

  • Ira Silverman

    Israel’s red lines are very reasonable, and it is hoped the Russians consider them such and make sure they are respected.
    There should be no need for Israel to get actively involved, they have enough troubles helping Jordan have some security and maintaining Judea and Samaria.

  • Strange Alliances
    Seemingly preventative measures are sponsored by those not seeking the better good. Painting a wrecked car doesn’t make it a cherry model. The Peace,”by the piece,” Is not rebuilt into a working model.

  • harvey lloyd

    In plain language, Lavrov knows Israel is not like Obama and he will keep Putin’s gang on leash. There is no backing off for Israel, never has been, never will be. Israel is a powerful nation and a leader in hi tech. Even Putin knows that and will play carefully.

  • len

    why wasn’t Israel invited to these talks,they have a border that has been violated repeatedly by all parties of fighters and I am sure they have something to say and contribute that would be quite helpful.Does the IDF have to circle Damascus TO qualify?

  • The only red Line that Matters is Accepting:
    The Arab Peace Plan of 2002 !