Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reported to the weekly cabinet Sunday on his conversation with President Vladimir Putin Friday. “We discussed matters relating to Syria,” he said. “The disintegration of the UN Golan force underscores the lesson that Israel cannot entrust its security to international forces.”

Netanyahu said he would discuss the matter with Secretary of State John Kerry when he arrives for a visit later this week. DEBKAfile: This sounds as though the participation of Russian troops in the UN observer forces has not been taken off the table.