Netanyahu heads to Moscow to warn about Iran in Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russian Federation on Monday for talks focused on Syria, warning that Israel will not accept Iran's growing military presence there and in neighboring Lebanon.

"We have stopped many Iranian attempts to arm Hezbollah from Syria, and now they're trying to do the same in Lebanon", Elkin said.

At that meeting, the two leaders established a joint Israeli-Russian team to coordinate military operations inside Syria and near Israel's border with Syria.

Putin and Netanyahu's last meeting was held in Sochi last August, when Netanyahu warned Putin that Iran's attempt to establish a military foothold in Syria poses an worldwide security risk.

Netanyahu was accompanied by the head of Military Intelligence Maj.

Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in an op-ed that appeared on several online platforms, that Iran building missiles in Lebanon could trigger a full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon.

Netanyahu will arrive Monday January 29 for a brief five-hour trip where he will meet with Putin and visit a Holocaust exhibition, said the Prime Minister's office.

He warned that due to the failings of its authorities, Lebanon has turned into one large missile factory.

The visit will shortly follow a meeting between Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. 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. The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, now taking place in Sochi, was also among the topics discussed, the official said, without providing any details.

Netanyahu stated that Iran is to blame for attempting to change the status quo both in Syria and Lebanon.

Visitors to the former Nazi death camp Sobibor, in eastern Poland, wander through the recently excavated remains of the gas chambers on November 11, 2014.

The Israeli prime minister highlighted some of the topics he discussed with Putin in a recorded statement. "That is our mission today as well". Netanyahu said he will pass it on to Yad Vashem.

At the start of their meeting, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Putin for holding the meeting at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. This is the original of Oscar Schindler's letter to his wife.

  • Tracy Klein