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December 23, 2015 12:07 pm

Netanyahu and Putin Agree to Coordinate Anti-Terror Efforts

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Moscow. The two world leaders spoke on the phone on Tuesday to discuss anti-terror efforts. Photo: GPO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Moscow. The two world leaders spoke on the phone on Tuesday to discuss anti-terror efforts. Photo: GPO.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Tuesday to discuss anti-terror efforts and the civil war in Syria.

During their conversation, Netanyahu and Putin agreed to coordinate “anti-terror” efforts, especially within Syria, the Russia news agencyRIA reported.

The phone call comes following the purported Israeli assassination in Syria of Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, who kidnapped and killed an Israeli family in 1979 and was later released from an Israeli prison in 1998 as part of a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah.

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According to Arab media, many have questioned why Russia did not use its advanced S-400 air defense system to prevent the alleged Israeli airstrike.

Despite Russia’s ties with Iran and Syria as well as its tensions with the West over Ukraine, Israel has maintained a warm relationship with Putin. In September, Netanyahu flew to Moscow and met with Putin to establish a mechanism to prevent inadvertent clashes over Syria.

“Under the agreements we have with the Russians, they act in accordance with their interests; we act in accordance with our interests; and the one doesn’t bother the other,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in November.

Netanyahu and Putin also met again on the sidelines of the Paris climate change conference in late November.

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  • ‘Jonah

    Angels rest in heaven as Putin and Netanyahu align themselves. The Russian people are safe and will rest with Gods protection as they break bread with Israel. Being the JudeoChristian I am the peace between Israel and Russia is my gift from God for Christmas…..my work for God has not been in vain.

  • arkady polishchuk

    Surrounded by mortal enemies and a new wave of anti-Israel moves and propaganda in Europe, the tiny Israel cannot be choosy when it comes to new and often temporary friends. With such a questionable friend as Obama in White House and his treatment of murderous Iranian regime, Israel will be safer if Russia remains more or less restrained in the Middle East.

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