Lavrov meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem over Syria, Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's armed forces chief, General Valery Gerasimov in Jerusalem today.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria.

A series of strikes that have killed Iranians in Syria have been attributed to Israel.

Iran and Russian Federation back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year-long civil war, while the United States backs rebels fighting against Assad's rule.


Votel's remarks come after President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki earlier this week and made "important verbal agreements" on increased cooperation between Washington and Moscow on global security matters, according to the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Netanyahu on July 11 said he told Putin during a Kremlin meeting that he should encourage Iranian forces to leave Syria.

The Russian ambassador made the remarks in an interview with Russian newspaper Kommersant, during which he also pointed to Russia's attempts to bring under control a possible military confrontation between Iran and the Israeli regime in Syria.

On June 19, Syrian government forces launched a Russia-backed offensive to retake Daraa and Quneitra provinces in the country's south, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.


Israel frequently accuses Tehran of exploiting the ongoing conflict in Syria - where Iran supports the ruling Assad regime - to establish a permanent military presence near Israel's borders.

It was Israel's first published operational use of the mid-range interceptors. They saw warplanes and helicopters in the sky from their position west of the Syrian town of Nawa. He said the two leaders recently spoke on the phone.

There were concerns in the military that if the David's Sling interceptor missile landed intact in Syria it could be taken by the Syrian military and used to gather intelligence about the air defense system's capabilities, though this was not seen as a likely scenario.

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