'We'll stop Iran in Lebanon like we stopped it in Syria'

Two F-35 stealth fighter jets touch down at Nevatim Air Base near Beersheba Israel
Two F-35 stealth fighter jets touch down at Nevatim Air Base near Beersheba Israel on 12 December 2016

31 January, 2018

If Iran is not stopped from entrenching itself militarily in Syria or turning Lebanon into a "factory for precision missiles" aimed at Israel, then Israel will stop it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday.

"A special thank you that you agreed to have the meeting today here, in particular", Putin said according to a Hebrew translation of his statement provided by Netanyahu's office. Russian Federation is also an important trading partner of Israel and maintains good relations with the Jewish state. The prime minister said this is "also our mission today" and the reason he came to Russian Federation: "our common efforts to promote security and stability in our region".

Israel's chief military spokesman, Brig.

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The two leaders have met for numerous times since 2015, when Russia started to send military help to Syria, Russia's close ally and Israel's northern neighbor. That's one of the reasons why the two leaders (Putin and Netanyahu) have been able to build such an open, direct, and personal relationship. Netanyahu said he will pass it on to Yad Vashem.

The Israeli prime minister flew to Moscow amid escalating concerns over Iran's push to have a permanent presence in neighboring Arab countries.

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The other major topic of conversation was Lebanon.

A high-ranking political source in Tel Aviv said on Sunday that "Netanyahu was urgently heading to Moscow because we are now in a situation where the Russians do not seem to care about the threats of the Iranian presence in Syria".

Israel has reportedly launched more than 100 attacks on weapons facilities, military convoys and bases inside Syria to blunt Iran's expansion.

Russian Federation is a military ally of Bashar Assad, Syria's president, and of the Iranian regime, with which it conducts major arms deals.

Putin gave Netanyahu as a gift a letter the German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who save some 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, sent to his wife.

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