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April 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Netanyahu and Putin Meet in Moscow, Discuss Golan Heights and Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Moscow. Photo: GPO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in Moscow. Photo: GPO.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss the nations’ security coordination at the Israel-Syria border and the necessity to maintain the Golan Heights as a sovereign Israeli territory.

“Mr. President, thank you very much. I very much appreciate both your heartfelt hospitality and the ongoing connection between us. I came here with one main goal—to strengthen the security coordination between us so as to avoid mishaps, misunderstandings, and unnecessary confrontations,” Netanyahu told Putin, referencing the ongoing Russian-Israeli mechanism to avert clashes between their military forces in the region.

Netanyahu reiterated that Israel wants “to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” and secondly, “to prevent the establishment of an additional terror front against us on the Golan Heights,” which “will remain under Israeli sovereignty.” The Israeli cabinet recently held its first-ever meeting in the Golan Heights, a move intended as an affirmation of Israeli sovereignty there in response to reports that the territory is being discussed as part of Syrian civil war peace talks.

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  • Eve Laing

    The Golan should belong to Israel forever. In 1964 my daughter was living in the Safed Kibbutz and in her letters to me, she described how the Syrians, soldiers, people would for fun, shoot down at them from the hills above. They would aim at the chickens, cows and sometimes the Kibbutzim who were shot. Complaints by the Israeli government at the time never stopped the shootings. Then 5 years later the 1967 war made complaints unnecessary. We should never forget what happens when Muslims have control of land around Israel….

  • Yaakov

    The philosophy behind international diplomacy: what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.

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