Israel Cannot Place Its Security in the Hands of Putin or Trump When Iran's Shadow Looms Near

(Israel Hayom) Prof. Eyal Zisser - Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war turned Russia into Israel's neighbor along its northern border. Israel has been working in recent weeks to ensure that the cease-fire deals concocted by the Russians will keep Iran and Hizbullah away from the border with Israel, and that Iran will not be allowed to build military bases or facilities in Syria to pose a threat to Israel. The Russians are willing to listen to Israel; they are not hostile as they were in the past. Moscow, though, has its own interests in Syria, and in its view Israel must learn to live with Iran and Hizbullah. It is clear that Israel cannot place its security in the hands of Putin or Trump when Iran's shadow looms near. The writer, vice rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

2017-08-23 00:00:00

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