NETANYAHU AND PUTIN WILL MEET




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,will meet with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow. They're expected to discuss the growing Shiite influence in the Middle East which both leaders have concerns about.

In a previous speech to his cabinet, Netanyahu said he was intent on reaching an agreement on the conflict in Syria and Iran, one of Russia’s allies on the ground, at the center of the conflict for Israel.  He said "There is an attempt by Iran to entrench itself permanently in Syria with a military ground and naval presence". There is no doubt that this poses a threat on Israel. He also said “There is also a gradual attempt to establish a front against us in the Golan Heights”. He added, he would express Israel's strong and resolute opposition to this possibility.

IfIran and Hezbollah become established in Syria, Israel will have two of its biggest enemies directly on its border. Actually, armed  conflict between Israel and Iran seems far but Israel and Hezbollah have a history of direct military confrontation , most significantly in the war in Lebanon in 2006.

It is expected that Netanyahu  will likely try to find a way to contain the Shiites and try to influence Russia to behave more properly to Jewish interests.  Thanks to inclusive Russian supports biggest Shiite forces in the region Iran and Syria see themselves as permanent, independent, capable actors to push their own agenda.  If  Netanyahu will be able to attract Russia to cooperate more closely to contain radical Shiite groups on the ground, balances may change drastically. It has been asserted that Putin is not happy with  rising Shiite impact in the region too.