Israeli Prime Minister: “We will manage the complex situation in Syria smoothly and without incident”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced, according to the Israeli “Kan” channel, that he discussed, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, last Friday, the situation in Syria.
Bennett said: “With the Russian president, I reached good and stable understandings on Syria,” without further details.
Bennett continued “I found President Putin attentive to Israel’s security needs, and we also discussed Iran’s advanced nuclear program, which worries everyone” .
He added: “We discussed the situation in Syria, of course, in a way, the Russians are our neighbors in the north (Syria), and it is important that we manage the delicate and complex situation there smoothly and without incident,” he added.
Israeli Construction Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who speaks Russian and was Bennett’s interpreter during his talks with Putin, said Friday that Bennett and Putin had reached understandings of continuing the current (Israeli-Russian) policy on Syria.
The Hebrew newspaper, Haaretz, reported that “Putin demanded Bennett during the meeting in Sochi that Israel should improve the notifications it sends to Moscow about its activities in Syria, and be more accurate in this.”
The newspaper pointed out that they discussed Iran’s positioning in Syria and Israel’s efforts to keep it away from the border as much as possible, considering that “the gaps between Moscow and Tel Aviv regarding Israeli activity in Syria are small.”