Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

 

Russia as Restraining Factor in the Iranian-Israeli Confrontation in Syria

editor 1 June 2018

By Zvi Magen, Vera Michlin-Shapir and Udi Dekel..  INSS Insight No. 1062, May 29, 2018. Given the recent escalation between Iran and Israel in Syria and the development of a direct confrontation between them, the question of the Russian position arises: Is Russia trapped between hawkish factors and being forced, against its will, to position itself as a restraining force or can it benefit from an Israeli-Iranian confrontation, especially as it still controlled and limited? [Photo top right: Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad | Photo credit: kremli.ru].  (more…)

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Iran Builds Facilities in Syria Close to Russian Bases to Avoid Being Attacked

editor 29 March 2018

By Asharq Al-Awsat.. Iran is building military facilities and bases very close to Russian forces in Syria to keep them from being attacked by Israel, security sources in Tel Aviv said. Sources stressed that Israel has learned that Russians do not favor this activity, noting the increasing tension between Moscow and Tehran. According to Israeli security sources, Iranian facilities built close to Russian positions in Syria are publicly held as Iranian sites. [Photo top right: Iran’s Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri | Photo: AP].  (more…)

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Abbas travels to Moscow in bid to circumvent US as main Mideast peace brokers

editor 20 February 2018

By JNS.. Abbas sees Russia as an emerging power in the Middle East, and hopes that Russia together with other international powers can serve as brokers of an arrangement that will deliver a Palestinian state. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas traveled Russia on Monday (February 12, 2018), in an attempt to boost the standing of the Palestinian Authority and gain backing for a Palestinian state from Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the wake of deteriorating relations between Palestinians and the current U.S. administration. [Photo top right: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow, on April 07, 2009. Photo by Dmitry Azarov / Flash90].  (more…)

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Experts warn of ‘escalation’ between Israel and Russia over Syria

editor 10 February 2018

By Ariel Ben Solomon.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week did not appear to resolve the two countries’ differing objectives in Syria, and it remains unclear if the status-quo can continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week did not appear to resolve the two countries’ differing objectives in Syria, and it remains unclear if the status-quo can continue. [Photo top right: Russian President Vladimir Putin spent Monday in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During their meeting at the Israeli leader’s residence, they discussed concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, with Mr. Netanyahu urging Russia to increase pressure on Iran to curb its activity, and Mr. Putin giving no sign of concessions on the subject. (Ria-Novosti via Associated Press)].  (more…)

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In Moscow, Israeli PM Netanyahu Tells Russian President Putin: We Must ‘Stand Up to Murderous Ideologies’

editor 2 February 2018

By JNS.org.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday (January 29, 2018) told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the lesson of the Holocaust is to “stand up to murderous ideologies,” and called for Israel and Russia to work together to “promote security and stability” in the Middle East. [Photo top right: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend an event at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Jan. 29, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Maxim Shemetov] (more…)

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The Battle for Jerusalem

editor 7 December 2017

By Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer.. On 31 October; yes, on the same date that Martin Luther in 1517 hammered his 95 theses on the doors of churches in Wittenberg-Germany and started the great work of the Reformation; the same day the ANZAC soldiers from Australia and New Zealand launched their attack in 1917 on Beersheba that ultimately led to the liberation of Jerusalem from the occupation by the Turkish Ottoman Empire that had occupied Jerusalem and the Holy Land for 400 years. “The events of 31 October 1917 laid the foundation for the Jewish people being able to return officially and legally to their land and to ultimately establish their own State on 14 May 1948”, we read in the article of Kelvin Crombie in the October edition 2017 of our newspaper ‘Israel & Christians Today’. (more…)

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Portents of a quagmire in Syria

editor 2 December 2017

By Caroline Glick.. Is the war in Syria won? The images broadcast this week from Sochi, the Russian vacation town on the Black Sea coast, were pictures of victory – for the bad guys. On Tuesday (November 21, 2017), Russian President Vladimir Putin stood beside his Syrian client, President Bashar Assad, who licked Putin’s boots, as well he should have. Assad owes his regime and his life to Putin. The next day, Putin was joined by his allies – the presidents of Iran and Turkey. (more…)

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to advance Syrian peace

editor 29 November 2017

By Vladimir Isachenkov and Sarah El Deeb.. MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday (November 22, 2017) discussed ways to promote a peaceful settlement in Syria, including the return of refugees, humanitarian aid and prisoners’ exchange, while fractured Syrian opposition groups were meeting in Saudi Arabia in a bid to overcome their divisions and form a united front for Syrian peace talks in Geneva. [Photo top right: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (r), Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, (c), and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani pose for the media members in Sochi, Russia, November 22. 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool via AP)](more…)

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From Tehran to Quneitra: Iran’s “Land Bridge” Is Almost Complete

editor 25 November 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. In the east of Syria, the so-called race to Abu Kamal between the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces and the forces of Iran, the Assad regime and Russia appears to be close to conclusion – in the latter’s favour. Regime forces moved into the town last Thursday (November 16, 2017). They were then expelled by an unexpected Islamic State counterattack this week, and have now retreated to positions about two kilometers outside of Abu Kamal. The Islamic State move, however, has the flavour of a last roll of the dice. Clearly, the Sunni jihadis will lose the strategic border town in the days ahead. (more…)

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Netanyahu: ‘We don’t miss diplomatic opportunities, we create them’

editor 17 November 2017

By Itamar Eichner.. After hearing the opposition accuse him of ignoring the chance for regional cooperation, failing to represent Israeli interests and preferring an Israeli apartheid, Netanyahu responds by listing his work to strengthen ties with other nations and his achievements in improving Israel’s security and economy; ‘have these diplomatic opportunities created on their own?’ asks Netanyahu. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a lengthy barrage of attacks from the Left and Center during a special Knesset session on Monday (November 13, 2017), and when it was over, he went up to answer them. (more…)

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