Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded a one day visit to Moscow last night, during which he noted that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin allowed him to emphasize Israel’s resolve in preventing Iran’s efforts to establish itself militarily in neighboring Syria, as well as its ongoing attempt to construct factories in Lebanon for the manufacturing of precision guided weapons, aimed at bolstering its Shi’ite-proxy Hezbollah with advanced-capabilities for a future confrontation with the Jewish state. PM Netanyahu said, “I told him that Israel views two developments with utmost gravity: First is Iran’s efforts to establish a military presence in Syria and second is Iran’s attempt to manufacture – in Lebanon – precision weapons against the State of Israel. I made it clear to him that we will not agree to either one of these developments and will act according to need,” the Israeli leader said in a televised statement following this meeting with the Russian leader.
Prime Minister Netanyahu also voiced his reservations regarding the nuclear agreement that was reached in 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran and world powers, which included the United States under the Obama Administration, Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany. He urged the Russian leader to consider, what he termed as “much needed amendments” to an agreement – termed: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – that according to the Israeli leader ‘does not fulfil the international demand of preventing Tehran’s aspiration from going nuclear within a limited time-frame.’