PM Netanyahu Takes Off for Urgent Security Talks With Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset on Wednesday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to visit Moscow for talks on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin about security issues stemming from Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria.

Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday that his visit is “very important” for Israel’s security, and that he intends to express “strong objection” to the Iranian presence in Syria.

The prime minister is also expected to reaffirm Israel’s policy that the Golan Heights cannot be included in any settlement of the Syrian civil war.

Accompanying Mr. Netanyahu will be minister Zeev Elkin, acting national security advisor Yaakov Nagel, Mr. Netanyahu’s chief of staff Yoav Horowitz, intelligence chief Hertzi Halevi, and military secretary Gen. Eliezer Toledano.

Mr. Netanyahu’s trip will be a short one, 12 hours altogether, and he is expected back in Israel by late Thursday.


Updated Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm