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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 07:23 AM

Putin's Phone Call With Netanyahu Put End to Israeli Strikes in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin put an end to the confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria and both sides accepted his decision. That’s the apparent conclusion to be reached from the chain of events this past weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, after the second wave of bombardments by the Israel Air Force against Syrian targets and Iranian installations in Syria, senior Israeli officials were still taking a militant line and it seemed as if Jerusalem was considering further military action. Discussion of that ended not long after a phone call between Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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The Russians are also concerned about the proximity of the Israeli bombings to sites where their soldiers and advisers are serving, including base T-4 near Palmyra, where the Iranian control post from which the anti-aircraft missile was fired was bombed.

The quiet after the Netanyahu-Putin call shows once again who’s the real boss in the Middle East. While the United States remains the region’s present absentee – searches are continuing for a coherent American foreign policy – Russia is dictating the way things are going. Moscow has invested too much effort and resources in saving Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in recent years to allow Israel to foil its strategic project. One can assume messages of this nature were conveyed during the phone call with Netanyahu.

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-putin-s-call-with-netanyahu-called-time-on-israel-s-syrian-strikes-1.5809118

Also discussed by Ali Velshi and Ronen Bergman on MSNBC yesterday: http://www.msnbc.com/ali-velshi/watch/airstrikes-in-syria-1159879747961

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