Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO / Flash 90
Netanyahu and Putin in Jerusalem, June 25, 2012.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is traveling to Moscow today (Monday Sept. 21) to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Military Intelligence director Maj.-Gen. Hertzi Halevy, National Security Council head Yossi Cohen and Netanyahu’s military secretary Col. Eliezer Toledano are also accompanying the prime minister to the meeting, which is scheduled to last three hours.

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The officials are expected to discuss Russia’s activities and military involvement in Syria, as well as questions about Russia’s cooperation with Iran.

The United States is holding parallel talks with Moscow on the same issues, according to numerous media reports.

There are no journalists on the plane with the prime minister for this trip, underscoring the gravity of the meeting.

Last week a source told the Reuters news agency that new, advanced weapons have been delivered to Syrian government troops, who are being trained in their use. It is believed the weapons are being sent from Russia.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I am waiting for the US news blogs to condemn PM Netanyahu for this meeting so that I can say, "What did you expect when our president disrespects the Israeli PM over and over, and places Israel in danger…. that the PM would cower in the corner and wait for attention like a lap dog, and not seek every ally for his country that he can?"

  2. To the commenters preceeding me, please understand that, as PM, Netanyahu's first and overriding duty is the defence of Israel and its peoples. As an experienced diplomat, statesman and politician his actions are not to slight anyone except Israel's sworn enemies. President Obama and PM Netanyahu will work together notwithstanding their profound differences over Iran. The bonds between the great American Republic and the State of Israel are as strong as ever and will remain so.

  3. Meeting face to face is the wise way to prevent potential disasters. I disagreed with Nettanyahu when he addressed the US Congress and his overly harsh statements about the Iran agreement with 5 major powers, I salute his meeting with Putin to do what he can to protect Israel.

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