Russian, U.S. Geopolitical Interests in Growing Tension with Netanyahu's Politic
Russian, U.S. Geopolitical Interests in Growing Tension with Netanyahu’s Political Self-Interest
Russia and the United States are in a strong position to protect their respective geopolitical interests in spite of Netanyahu’s attempts at political self-preservation, says TRNN’s Shir Hever
SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. On Thursday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unlike most such meetings between the two, this one was advertised publically, and Netanyahu flew with a large delegation; proudly expressed the meeting went well. Is this a result of the close ties between Russia and the Trump Administration? On to talk about this with me is Shir Hever. Shir is our correspondent on the Middle East, but based in Heidelberg, Germany, at the moment. Thanks for joining us, Shir.
SHIR HEVER: Thanks for having me, Sharmini.SHARMINI PERIES: Shir, there’s a great collaboration between Russia and Iran, particularly when it comes to Syria at the moment. And on the global stage as well, Iran can rely on the support of Russia. Now, this is interesting, given that Iran is Israel’s relentless enemy. How does this all play out, in terms of politics, in Israel?
SHIR HEVER: Yeah, well I think the alliance between Russia and Iran, or it’s not exactly an alliance, more like patronage — is very important to Russia. It opens up a lot of strategic opportunities for Russia, to access the Mediterranean through military bases in Syria, as well as Iran being one of the major customers of Russian military hardware. So, that is a serious obstacle, but I don’t think that Iran is an enemy of Israel. I think Israel is an enemy of Iran. And more specifically, it’s Israel’s Prime Minister, Netanyahu, who’s an enemy of Iran, because overall in Israel there is no real reason for Israel to oppose Iran. The only issue, is that the Hezbollah which is supported by Iran. The Hezbollah, which is a political party in Lebanon, which is an armed political party, and very active in the civil war in Syria, has also fought several rounds with Israel.
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