Translated by Ollie Richardson
Telephone negotiations between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are directly connected to the policy of Tel Aviv in Syria, the independence of the Kurds, and the nuclear deal with Iran. This was stated by the Director of the The Institute for Strategic Studies and Predictions at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Dmitry Egorchenkov to FBA “Economy Today”.
“First of all Israel is ‘for’ its own safety, and its interpretation of this is seriously at odds with the concept of security in the Middle East. The authorities of this country consider that supporting conflicts, wars, and civil strifes in the region weakens its political rivals. And remaining in a condition of discord doesn’t allow the region to come together vis-a-vis the Palestinian question, which for Tel Aviv would be a serious blow.
In general it is favorable for Israel to keep in line with the Middle Eastern agenda of the US, which is also aimed at inciting conflicts and creating controlled chaos. Tel Aviv is almost the only one who speaks in the same style as Donald Trump concerning the issues of granting autonomy to the Iraqi Kurds and revising the nuclear deal with Iran,” noted the Middle East expert.
The Kremlin announced that Vladimir Putin had telephone negotiations with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu – the main agenda included issues such as the settlement of the situation in Syria, the Iranian nuclear program, and the results of the referendum in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. It is noteworthy that the day before Damascus openly accused the authorities of Israel of supplying weapons to Syrian radical jihadists. This was revealed when weapons, ammunition, and means of communication of Israeli production were found after territories were liberated with the help of the Airforce of the Russian Federation.
“In order to maintain chaos in Syria Israel has long sponsored groups – which are referred to as different degrees of opposition, creating new centers of instability and armed conflicts. When the Syrian Army, with the assistance of Russian aviation, nevertheless began to squeeze out bandit formations, Israel changed its tactics and started openly launching missiles at objects that it considers to be dangerous. Among the targets, of course, is the infrastructure of ‘Hezbollah’, but not only,” stressed the expert.
Concerning relations with the Russian Federation, Israel goes along the course of Washington
Israel has implemented a policy of double standards vis-a-vis its relationship with key players in the region for a long time. Tel Aviv repeatedly accused the authorities of Iran of intending to create permanent land, air, and sea bases in Syria: the conflict de-escalation zone in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra near the Syrian-Jordanian border, which is controlled by Iranian military [IRGC/Hezbollah – ed]. The Israeli intelligence agencies consider that there Tehran is increasing its military potential for an attack on the Jewish state. Israel has no pretensions to other de-escalation zones under the control of Russia and Turkey.
Besides this, Israel is the only country that opposed the agreement with Iran concluded in 2015 by six countries (restriction of its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions). Tel Aviv considers that Iran managed to legalize its nuclear program, and in some years it will have a fully-fledged nuclear arsenal. And subsequently it will be surely used by Tehran against Israel. Such statements by the Israeli authorities echo the foreign policy statements of Donald Trump on Iran.
“If to speak about relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv, they also go in a pro-American direction. On the one hand, the Russian Federation and Israel are united on many subjects – from the powerful Russian diaspora in Israel to the fight against radical terrorism that poses a threat to the Jewish state. On the other hand, Washington constantly sends reminders about the need for uniform actions, which deprives Tel Aviv of space for manoeuvre.
The exit of Israel from UNESCO after the US is a clear signal of the direction that Tel Aviv intends to build its foreign policy in. Moreover, recently it openly heads towards a strain in relations with all major players in the region, i.e. it is ready to do everything in order to not allow a return to the discussion about the Palestinian question. Israel solves this by itself under the guise of Middle Eastern war,” concluded Dmitry Egorchenkov.
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