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Israel must have freedom to act against Iran, Netanyahu says in Russia

 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after delivering a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Israel must be allowed to act freely against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a visit to Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security coordination in Syria.

 

The two leaders have met more than a dozen times in recent years and the countries' militaries have been working to avoid accidental clashes in Syria, where Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iranian targets to stop Tehran establishing a permanent military presence there.

 

"Security coordination between us is always important, but it is especially important now, since in the past month there has been a serious increase in attempts by Iran to hit Israel from Syria and to place there precision missiles to use against us," Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

 

Iran and Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah have helped President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. Russia, which is also aiding Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli air strikes.

 

Russia's RIA news said Putin praised military and security cooperation between Russia and Israel.

 

Following the talks, which lasted for several hours, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both Russia and Israel agreed to boost dialogue between their militaries in regards to Syria, Interfax news agency reported.

 

The news agency, also citing the minister, said that Putin and Netanyahu both underlined the need to safeguard Syria's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

 

After an earlier meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Netanyahu reiterated that for Israel to ensure its security, its military needed to have "freedom of action" against Iran in the region.

 

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Toby Chopra and Cynthia Osterman)

 

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Preaching to the choir.. Cramia, Chechnya Ukraine, Syria etc. etc... 

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Russia also does not want Iranian bases in Syria and has openly said so numerous times . 

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

Israel has no rights whatever, to take pre-emptive strikes against Iran. And should they do so, it could be the end of the nation. Iran could crush Israel. Of course, the US would then be pulled into the war. But since the US has lost every war it has engaged in since WWII (sorry, but Grenada and Panama do not count), and nothing is a given, in that equation. It could also mean the end of America as we know it. It could end up escalating to a completely unforeseen level, quickly. As we know from recent history, the US has no vision and rarely is successful, when it comes to engaging other nations, and nation building. 

 

The US needs to slap down Israel in the strongest way possible, to prevent something like this from happening. Their leadership under Netanyahu is beyond abysmal. 

Do you really think Israel doesn't have nukes? 

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