Netanyahu meeting Putin to share secret intel on Iran threat

Our rockets will teach you that no dome will rise above Palestine only the Dome of the Rock

Our rockets will teach you that no dome will rise above Palestine only the Dome of the Rock

The U.S. officials, however, purportedly did not commit to preventing the spread of Iranian influence in Syria.

Netanyahu's visit to Russian Federation comes amidst a string of victories by President Bashar Assad's army and its allies, Iran and Hezbollah.

Israel's main concern is that with both Moscow and Washington distracted by other matters, the Russians and the Americans will make do with such piecemeal cease-fire agreements and will not try to reach broader arrangements that determine how Syria will look after the civil war is over, Israeli officials said.

At a joint press conference held by the two leaders, Netanyahu said that Iran's expanding role in Syria poses a threat not only to Israel and the Middle East, but to the entire world: "Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent.Lebanon". The two are expected to discuss the situation in Syria and Israel's opposition to Iranian military presence in Syria following the ceasefire agreements.

"Mr. President, we are all jointly defeating [Daesh, banned in Russia] but the negative thing is that where IS is defeated and disappears, enters Iran", Netanyahu said.

Israel argued that, if Iran remained in Syria, it would become a base for missiles being launched into Israel and Jordan. What it might do is "let Iran strengthen its positions in western Syria", further from Israel, he said.

Former National Security Council Advisor Yaakov Amidror says Netanyahu's visit to Sochi is important so that the Russians have an understanding of how Israel will act if its hand is forced.

Israel never accepted Iran's assertion that its nuclear program - temporarily curbed under the nuclear pact - has no military component.

While Israel has rarely acknowledged carrying out its own airstrikes in Syria, numerous raids on weapons transfers have been attributed to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is particularly concerned about Iranian attempts to gain a foothold on the Golan Heights border. "We are talking mainly about Syria", Netanyahu said.

"The closer Iran is coming to Israel's borders there will be more attempts to send advanced weapons systems to Hezbollah... this of course calls for a great deal of coordination between Israel and Russian Federation so that they do not come to clash", Sela said.

Russian Federation won't brush off Israeli concerns because it wants to prevent a direct Israeli-Iranian confrontation that would deepen the region's chaos, said Yossi Mekelberg, a senior consulting research fellow at the Chatham House research center in London.

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