Israel's Prime Minister says that he made it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would continue to fly missions over Syrian airspace
Someone's lying (or crazy) — and only Putin knows who.
We reported yesterday that Syria's U.N. envoy Bashar Jaafari said that Syria's use of anti-aircraft missiles against Israeli fighter jets was a "message" from Putin.
Israel's ambassador was summoned by Moscow after Friday's airstrikes, and reports have emerged that Russian military advisors were operating just a few kilometers from the area that was targeted by Israeli strikes; so there's certainly circumstantial evidence to back up Jaafari's claim.
But Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the exact opposite — that Putin understands that "if there is a feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint - [Israel will] attack [targets in Syria]".
According to the Jerusalem Post:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday that Israel was not told by Russia to put a halt to missions inside Syrian territory.
Netanyahu said that he had made clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel would continue to fly missions over Syrian airspace.
"If there is a feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint - we attack and so it will continue," the premier said during his visit in China.
On Monday, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian parliament members, who paid an official visit to Damascus on Monday, that he was counting on Moscow to prevent Israel from attacking his country in the future.
“We are counting on Russia to prevent a conflict with Israel,” Assad was quoted as saying by several Russian media outlets.
Russian news agency Interfax also quoted him as saying that “Damascus counts on Russia to take a role in order to prevent Israel from attacking Syria in the future.”
Moscow might have a hard time navigating fruitful relations with Israel and Iran/Syria simultaneously. Let's hope for everyone's sake that the airstrikes stop — and no more missiles need to be fired.
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