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Israel, Iran to Join Russia-led Free Trade Agreement

Each nation is to sign its own free-trade accord with the bloc; adversaries won’t be able to trade freely with one another.

Russia’s Alrosa Sells 92 Rough Diamonds for $9.6 Million in Israeli Auction

In 2018, Alrosa held six auctions for special size rough diamonds in Israel, and the revenue for the year reached almost $90 million.

Netanyahu to Discuss Iran in Moscow with Putin on Feb. 21

"It’s very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria."

Netanyahu Meets with Russia’s Special Envoy for Syrian Affairs

Among the issues discussed were Iran and the situation in Syria, and strengthening security coordination.

Israel’s Security ‘Top Priority,’ says Russian Foreign Ministry

In interview with CNN, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov denies that Moscow allied with Iran in Syria, says countries do not see “eye to eye” • Pentagon reportedly weighing plan to maintain U.S. military base in southeastern Syria.

Violent Clashes as Russia Aims to Evict Iran from Syria

To date, more than 160 have been killed in battles between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian Syrian army units in the Hama area alone.

Report: Palestinian Authority to Form New Government by Feb. 13

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is expected to step down, and a new cabinet is to be announced.

Iran ‘Angry’ Over Russia Not Activating S-300 Defense Systems in Syria

Still, Russia (halfheartedly) warned Israel to stop its “arbitrary” airstrikes in Syria, saying that they should be “ruled out.”

Haniyeh’s visit to Moscow ‘Postponed Indefinitely’

According to TASS, "the restoration of inter-Palestinian unity was expected to top the agenda of the talks in Moscow."

Bibi Tells Trump to Stretch Out Syria Pullout, Tells Press He Won’t Resign Until...

It's not at all clear whether Netanyahu introduced the US president to the idea of a 120-day pullout or merely added his voice to others around Trump who counseled a more patient pullout.

Russia Charges US Citizen with Espionage

The United States has requested consular access to the detained individual, the State Department said.

Russia Announces Successful Test of Hypersonic Missile

It “essentially makes missile defenses useless,” said Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

Israel, Syria, Iran: It’s All About 50 Miles

Senior Russian commanders on the ground in Syria actually admire the IDF and its aggressive style – as long as the IDF does not shoot down Ilyushin planes, of course.

Russia: Israeli Strike on Syria Threatened Civilian Flights

Israel is “not prepared to accept the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against us."

US Withdrawal Announcement Continues to Reverberate in the Middle East

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday welcomed President Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying the US military presence in the Middle East fuels insecurity in the region.

Mattis and Israel – Not a Love Story

Thank you, General Mattis, you are an honorable man and we're so glad we didn't have to get into a fight with you over the boundaries of our homeland.

Russian UN Envoy: US Peace Plan Is ‘Jam Tomorrow’ Promise

Say what you will about Russian diplomats, they know their English Lit.
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Trump Abandons Kurds, Israel, in Questionable Pullout from Syria

President Trump is, in effect, ceding Syria, the Kurds, and, eventually, Iraq, to Russia and Iran. And he did it without consulting anyone in the Pentagon.

Israel Objects to Hamas Chief’s Moscow Visit

Bogdanov surprised the Israeli ambassador when he responded, "You are talking to Hamas yourselves."

IDF Senior Delegation in Moscow to Discuss Expansion of Anti-Terror Tunnel Operation

Israel's response to a Hezbollah offensive, the spokesman warned, would target the southern Beirut suburbs of Dahieh, a Hezbollah stronghold that was attacked by Israel during the 2006 war.

Putin: It Is Important to Improve Russian-Israeli Military Cooperation

Putin and Netanyahu agreed to "work on the next personal meeting of the leaders of the two countries."

Chess Federation Disqualifies Saudis for Banning Israeli Players

The FIDE "has agreed to strip Saudi Arabia from the right to host a forthcoming chess tournament, after a lawyers' letter was sent by two Israeli nationals."

Russia’s News Agency Apologizes for ‘Downed Israeli Plane’ Hoax

RIA Novosti was established on June 24, 1941, by a resolution of the USSR Council of People’s Commissars and the Communist Party Central Committee, as the "Soviet Information Bureau."

Russian Foreign Ministry Invites Haniyeh to Moscow

Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov said on Nov. 9 that his country does not see Hamas as a terrorist group.

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