Israeli official: Russia has long-term ambitions in the Middle East

By Reuters— Israel should be concerned about the deepening disconnect between Russia’s aims in the Middle East and its own goals, according to a senior Israeli official who held high-level meetings in Moscow last week. Avi Dichter, chairman of Israel’s foreign affairs and defense committee and the former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency,…

Israel won’t let Iran have military presence in Syria, Netanyahu tells Russian PM

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— Israel will prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria, and will continue to intervene to stop Iran arming Hezbollah and other Shiite militias there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday in Jerusalem.   Moscow is a staunch supporter of Basher Assad’s…

Israel’s let-down: Putin-Erdogan hook-up with Iran

By Debkafile— The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Their summit takes place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, concluding nine months of hostility between the two capitals that was sparked by Turkish jets shooting…

RUSSIAN ARMS FOR HIZBALLAH CROSS ISRAEL’S RED LINE

By Unity Coalition for Israel— Russian Forpost UAV on Israel’s Searcher drone President Vladimir Putin turns aside all Israel’s complaints about Russian arms supplies to Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, whenever he talks to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – roughly every week-to-ten days. The issue is also raised without results by Israeli officials on trips to…

Hundreds protest against ignored ‘American Intifada’ in New York

By Matt Wanderman, Arutz 7— Hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews gathered to protest anti-Semitism in New York this past Wednesday. The rally was organized by a number of the community’s leaders, including Ari Kagan, Margarita Kagan and Gregory Davidzon. Eugene Lekakh, the Director-General of the American Forum on Russian Jewry, explained that Islamist violence has been…