Israeli, Russian defense chiefs to meet Thursday in Moscow. Netanyahu: Iran must leave ALL Syria

PM Netanyahu said on May 28 Iran must quit all parts of Syria, qualifying Lavrov’s comment that only Syrian forces should stay on Israel’s border. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was then invited for talks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigo in Moscow on Thursday, May 31. He will be accompanied by Military Intelligence (AMAN) chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Haiman and senior security-political adviser Zohar Palti.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s comment on Monday, May 28 – that only Syrian government forces should stand on the Israeli border – was a step in the process initiated by his boss. On May 18, President Vladimir Putin summoned the Syrian ruler Bashar Assad to Sochi in order to co-opt him, with President Donald Trump’s tacit assent, to the latest Russian-US posture on Syria. The new direction was summed up by Putin after their meeting in a short sentence: “All foreign troops must withdraw from Syria after the start of the political settlement,” he said to Tehran’s dismay.

On May 23, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources disclosed that Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had embarked on a consistent, calculated campaign against Iran, contrary to many claims by critics that it was haphazard and unrealistic, and that this strategy was the fruit of a secret deal between Trump and Putin. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Syria’s Bashar Assad are both playing roles.

This joint effort is still in an incipient stage and will no doubt undergo ups and downs as it matures. But meanwhile, on May 23, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad had this to say: “Whether Iranian forces or Hizballah withdraw or stay in Syria is not up for discussion because it’s the [business] of the Syrian government.”  Mekdad did not go on to spell out where his government stood on this question, further deepening the uncertainty in Tehran.
The last issue of DEBKA weekly of May 25, outlined in exclusive detail how the nascent collaborative effort was conceived and its early steps. Then, on Sunday, May 27, Netanyahu bluntly informed the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the campaign against Iranian aggression had not ended: “We are working to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons…against Iran’s consolidated military presence against us… and operating against the transfer of deadly weapons from Syria to Lebanon or their manufacture in Lebanon,” he said.

What he was saying was that expelling Iran’s military presence from the Israeli border region was not the end of it and that Iran’s military facilities would be targeted henceforth in all parts of Syria – and even outside its boundaries towards Lebanon.
The Russian foreign minister’s comment the next day was meant as a reminder that Moscow stood by the principle of reciprocity. While conceding that no forces other than those of the Syrian government should stand on the Israeli border, he added: “Of course, the withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces must be carried out on a reciprocal basis. It must be a two-way street.” His message was plain: Iran and Hizballah will have to withdraw their forces from Syria, but so too must the US and France.
Netanyahu answered Lavrov with another word about his plans for Iran. He told his Likud faction that he would present Israel’s position –  that there is no place for an Iranian military presence in any part of Syria – when he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May next week in their capitals.

The positions laid out this week by Moscow and Jerusalem will no doubt be followed by some pretty animated rhetoric from Washington, Moscow, Jerusalem, Damascus and also Tehran, to the accompaniment of further military action in Syria.

 

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36 thoughts on “Israeli, Russian defense chiefs to meet Thursday in Moscow. Netanyahu: Iran must leave ALL Syria

  • May 28, 2018 @ 17:49 at 17:49
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    Iran may offer to leave Syria as soon as US leave the Middle East.

    • May 28, 2018 @ 18:02 at 18:02
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      The US will leave the Middle East when Islam actually becomes “The Religion of Peace” and Jihad is NO MORE and Pal-e-SWINE recognizes Israel as the Jewish Majority nation.

      • May 29, 2018 @ 13:18 at 13:18
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        Your statement is away from reality, a dream which never a reality.

    • May 28, 2018 @ 18:31 at 18:31
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      iran will be removed from syria whether it wants to go or not. Its already happening with raids almost daily. iran has no answer for Israel. This is a real military facing a threat to its homeland. Israel has proven it has the upper hand. iran’s leaders should accept that they cannot defeat Israel at this time and go home, or risk even more humiliation and loss of assets, and perhaps destabilization of their power base. iran has been very very weak. We all expected a lot more fight and clever tactics, but all they seem to be able to do is talk big. Nobody has any respect for big mouths that cannot produce the goods. Putin understands this too now. It must be embarrassing for him to call them “allies”.

      • May 28, 2018 @ 22:11 at 22:11
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        Quote “His message was plain: Iran and Hizballah will have to withdraw their forces from Syria, but so too must the US and France.” Unquote.

        What about the russkies?

      • May 29, 2018 @ 2:32 at 2:32
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        Iranian force will go out from syria, the question is they will go back to iran or they will enter the israel soil? Time will answer that

        • May 31, 2018 @ 4:55 at 4:55
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          That is the big talk the above comment mentioned. Can you show one recent action Iran has taken that caused Israeli losses? They are weak and capable of very little against a well trained and armed forces as the IDF. Sulemani is good at rabble rousing but that’s about it.

    • May 28, 2018 @ 19:34 at 19:34
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      & Israel must leave all occupied territories.

      • May 29, 2018 @ 11:50 at 11:50
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        “& Israel must leave all occupied territories.”

        @bazil,

        Israel is not “occupying” any territories that they don’t have legitimate rights to and which have always been
        part of the Jewish peoples’ home land for well over 3000 years!

        • May 29, 2018 @ 13:47 at 13:47
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          Stop propagated fake theories. God is given holy land on conditions
          1. Obey GOD, 2. Don’t do mischief on earth, 3. Don’t Oppress others kill people 4.

        • May 30, 2018 @ 0:09 at 0:09
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          Sheba Farms was not part of the Davidic Kingdom I do not think all of the Golan was either. The problem that you have is identifying. the roots of Judaism where it begin. Was there ever a exile from Egypt? Were they even ever there? Were they ever slaves or are they just another Canaanite tribe? That is pretty flimsy evidence to get people to allow a group of people to take someones land. As far as that goes there may be more evidence that certain American Indian tribes once lived there.

          • May 31, 2018 @ 5:00 at 5:00
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            Take who’s land? The British that controlled Palestine prior to 1948?

            If you would get the basic facts right, there could possibly be an intelligent conversation. Tell me what nation existed on that land before Israel was formed.

    • May 29, 2018 @ 1:01 at 1:01
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      Iran is the New Cuba of the 1960-80s whereby they sent Operatives, Advisors, and Troops throughout Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America only later to end up being beaten back, bankrupt and lost support from USSR as it broke up in the 1990s. Iran has been sowing the seeds of disruption ever since the 1980s and now it is about to happen to the Billionaire Religious Oligarchs and Paid for Salaried Servants Republican Guard making up Iranian Persians Azeris, Mazandaranis, Gilakis, Lurs, Tats, Talysh, and Baloch will see the coming إن شاء الله Inshallah. As the Kurds along with Turkic groups of Azerbaijani, Turkmen and Qashqai will be joined by the Arabs Assyrians, Armenians, Georgians, Circassians, and Mandaeans to eventually overthrow the existing Billionaire Religious Oligarchs. The Mideast Coalition along with a USA President, Europe, and even Russia won’t stand by like POTUS Carter, Reagan, GHWBush, Clinton, GWBush, Obama did and not allow the sad seeds of the discontent among young millennial’s be abandon but will be encouraged and supported. The Billionaire’$ Religious Oligarchs are yesterday along with their servants, the sons and daughters of Persia seeking freedom and opportunities of Iran are today and tomorrow.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 18:12 at 18:12
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    Dream on.The only way they will leave is by force.We gonna get a hot summer, and spring was already a busy time for the IDF / IAF.Time will tell.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 18:22 at 18:22
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    V. Putin is not just a “Russia above all” raving maniac, but a soberly calculating, cynical man,
    who is quite aware of the IDF and the Mossad inherent superiority: hence the “reaching out” to Bibi –
    since their last meeting in Moscow on May 9th.

    • May 28, 2018 @ 18:35 at 18:35
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      Yosef -This is exactly right. He has watched and realised this fact. The IDF has been awesome.

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  • May 28, 2018 @ 19:03 at 19:03
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    I thought Iran must leave Syria completely, but is allowed to stay only in Est, West, South, and North of Syria.
    This is our great ayatollah believes.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 19:14 at 19:14
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    Well, it is abasing that an israeli defense secretary has to show up in Moscow like some supplicant.
    Anyway russian lip services can never be trusted as the evil Kremlin is a quasi-synonym of lie and deception.
    The Russians with their wire-pulling are themselves part of the problem and not the brokers of the solution.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 19:58 at 19:58
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    A lose-lose situation for Iran. They cannot stay or pack up and leave Syria. Israel should directly attack Iran. Game on.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 21:26 at 21:26
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    Russia is using Israel as an excuse to do what they intended to do: First, use Iran to get rid of some of the most troublesome jihadists and do the heavy lifting and then get rid of Iran, telling Iran that Israel will no longer stand for Iran’s presence in Syria. Now an Iran-free Syria will be Russia’s sphere of influence and Russia will be in full control. Let’s see if Iran has caught on and now starts to bombard its Russian “allies” in a Russo-Iranian low-scale war. If this happens, Israel should just sit back and watch, helping from time-to-time to help Russia rid the region of the Iranian invaders and occupiers who are both countries (Israel and Russia) major concern right now.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 21:34 at 21:34
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    In early weeks after 911DAY conversations with Emergency response officials revealed US intentions to strike back in the Middle East, not only Afghanistan. Iraq or Iran? Saddam Hussein was the primary target in part owing to the fact he simply had too much money flowing through his control, and was able to funnel money to terrorist orgs. No fly zones already in place was another factor. And, Iraqi attempt on Bush family digs would not go unanswered,,,

    Iranians even in 2000 had much military and strategic materiel underground. Iranian attack was not made in part because strategic planners knew of insufficient stocks of deep-penetrating ordnance. Stockpiles of stored naval 12″ & 16″ ship guns used for the bunker busters were depleting and setting up for deep penetration bombs using new casings was not a fast process. Now a different calculus. Obama era financing in the Nuclear deal has set Iran deep into the affairs of Hezbollah.

    Mentioned previously many thousands of Iranians in USA ready to repeat 16 April 2013 Metcalf Substation sabotage. US/Israel action in Iranian borders will be felt in the lower 48. Muslim tactic is to cause famine by poisoning wells and crops. USA must begin steps to enhance ways and means of assuring food production and local distribution after events warned by Ted Koppel, Richard Clarke, and William Forschen. Peter Vincent Pry has alerted US Congress beginning with Obama era. Fears of stalling the Iran Nuclear deal shelved warnings.

    Sorry to offend; these issues are already known by strategic planners friend and foe. This march to war shall have some bad spots before things turn around. Useful criticism and brainstorming welcome. Explain practical Famine Hedge without inclusion of reformed Military Railway Battalions & rail enhancement into food production regions in US and Canada. The way to get a job done is to start doing it,

    • Jun 1, 2018 @ 20:34 at 20:34
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      No one is building more choo choo trains, GET OVER IT

  • May 28, 2018 @ 21:43 at 21:43
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    Keep taking the meds and get some English lessons fruit loop/ “Tahoe Valley Lines”

  • May 28, 2018 @ 22:00 at 22:00
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    iran will leave syria as soon as israel leaves Golan

    • May 28, 2018 @ 22:10 at 22:10
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      Abbas President of Palestine: As if Iran (167,618 square miles or 434,128 square kilometers) gives a shit about the Golan Heights (690 sq mi or 1,800 square kilometers) belonging to Israel (8,019 square miles or 20,769 square kilometers).

      Iran does not want or need land or resources of Israel, it wants to destroy Jews and Judaism according to their holy books. Anyone who says that the Terrorstinians or anyone else in the huge Islamic world of 56 countries wants Israel for the land is a liar.

      • May 30, 2018 @ 0:16 at 0:16
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        You have it completely wrong.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 22:17 at 22:17
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    The soviets will no longer leave the area.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 22:27 at 22:27
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    Roget’s and Websters handy. To continue:

    Always cognizant of the “Too late to do anything” lazy man’s excuse, we enter further steps. Preposition Container handling equipment remote from ports and hubs to assure ability to interface rail haul to local pick up and distribution, now lacking since removal of enroute rail spur and local rail-served warehousing.

    Important with coming from behind shall be identifying track material still extant in the 3000+ US Counties. Rail on the ground and paved over at factories, docks, military bases and abandoned rail lines not crucial for food distribution should be inventoried by the respective county planning bureaus/Emergency Services Offices. US steel mills having rail rolling ability should be sure equipment is assembled and available for making rail and track hardware when the call comes.

    Stored and displayed historic rail locomotives and rolling stock assessed for listings as possible repair and return to service. Truly a full court press when strategic authorities with famine savvy estimate over 50% mortality rate in motor transport breakdown period, A small community with rebuilt rail link will have a most important famine hedge.

    Because USA can supply food offshore when distribution systems are whole, it is in EU, Israeli and Japanese interest to have US branch line rail links to agricultural regions. Billionaire Bezos on down can analyze for themselves desirability of “adopting a rail branch line” and be part of the US Famine Hedge solution set. Just took my meds (Ice Cream Sundae) so one more time:

    Military rail unit moniker for Railway is “Second Dimension Surface Transport Logistics Platform”. Railway is a stand alone transportation element, apolitical, NIMBY resistant, can move victuals and passengers efficiently with any known fuel source, and can maintain with in-house staff, rolling stock and running way. American Christians & Jews supportive of American support for Israel should see Peter Vincent Pry’s book and consider ways and means of assuring America has robust Famine Hedge in all possible aspects. From kitchen gardens to quickly refitting trucks with Faraday Cage electronics protection. And other things aforementioned.

    • Jun 1, 2018 @ 20:36 at 20:36
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      Dude you are putting alot of thought into archaic systems that aren’t going to be resurrected! WW3 will not be the golden era for trains, GET OVER IT.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 22:33 at 22:33
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    The great prophet Sam Popack stated that Israel will spread to cover the entire world.The mudslimes will be toilet cleaners and camel mates.

  • May 28, 2018 @ 23:54 at 23:54
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    We will help them to leave, pack up their bags and guide them to their military transport. After that we will blow them sky high. It is easier to pick them off in a long line first the front and than the back, and after that the rest.

  • May 29, 2018 @ 1:41 at 1:41
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    I had a dream ! Just imagine 120 thousand soldiers will return to Iran today and found a peaceful profession…

  • May 29, 2018 @ 3:25 at 3:25
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    Interesting, how the Jew-hating, mentally defective posts are speedily disappearing from this Web-site:
    Only “Mahmud: the moron” squeaked out a couple of misspelled words…

  • May 29, 2018 @ 10:33 at 10:33
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    SCAN YOUR EYES AROUND THE WORLD, AND LOOK AT ALL THE COUNTRIES FIGHTING, AND KILLING MOSTLY THEIR OWN PEOPLE, AND YOU WILL SOON COME TO THE CONCLUSION,” ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE”. THIS IS THE BIGGEST SCAM THE ISLAMIST HAVE PLAYED ON THE WORLD, AND WE STILL FALL FOR IT. IN FACT, I WILL GO A STEP FURTHER AND SAY, THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD. HOW CAN ONE BELIEVE IN GOD AND KILL WILLY NILLY , GOD’S CREATION. AND LET ME TELL THE WORLD, ALL MUSLIM’S ARE IN IT TOGETHER. HAVE YOU EVER SEE, EVEN ON TV NEWS, A MUSLIM CLERIC CONDEMN THEIR ACTIONS, NOT EVEN WHEN MUSLIMS KILL EACH OTHER.

    • May 29, 2018 @ 13:51 at 13:51
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      Anti-semitic!
      Wishful thinking!
      Fake Theory!
      Your brain got drained!
      You Hate humanity and love hellfire!

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