Netanyahu seeks to prevent Israel-Russia clashes in Syria

Israeli PM concerned Russian activity will encroach on possible Israeli airstrikes, allow Hezbollah to rearm


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans this week to travel to Moscow on a mission to address Israel’s concerns about confrontations that could possibly occur between Israeli troops and Russian forces active in Syria, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.


Israel, along with many Western countries has been watching closely as Russia troops, radar systems, and tanks have been arriving in war-torn Syria, adding to the speculation about Russian construction activity at an airfield in Syria’s Latakia province.


Netanyahu is expected to arrive in Moscow Monday for a short visit of a few hours. Accompanying him will be a number of key ministers as well as Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin, who has previously traveled to Russia with the Prime Minister acting as his translator.

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