Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya announced to journalists Friday that an agreement was reached that would involve removing all Iranian forces from the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights.
Israel has been pushing Russia on this issue for a while, and had conditioned not interfering in Syria’s offensive against rebels in southern Syria on getting Iran, along with Shi’ite militias, out of the border region.
In return, Russia is expecting Israel to provide them with assistance in restoring diplomatic ties with the United States. It’s not clear how Israel intends to do that, but Russian officials are said to be confident that Israel has the ability to help Russia in that direction.
On top of the direct move to get Iran off the border, Russia is also promising to issue a statement criticizing Iran for fueling tensions with Israel, and will push Syria not to too closely back Iran in this ongoing rivalry.
10 thoughts on “Russian Envoy: Deal Reached to Remove Iranian Forces From Golan”
Russia is deluded if they think Israel is going to help them with the US.
I can understand Russia wanting to avoid Iran escalating tensions with Israel, so their other moves make sense from the Russian viewpoint. But again, Russia is deluded if they think these moves are going to do anything but delay the inevitable.
Israel and the US want a war with Iran and they’re going to get it one way or the other.
Russia doesn’t want that Iranian/Iraqi/Syrian pipeline built.
They do. But they’ll keep it on hold until things calm down in Syria. For now they’ll have Nord Stream 2 to keep them busy.
Don’t put anything past the heelies. They are after all the second largest lobby group in U.S. and they have those sock puppet law makers in their pockets plus Jared the “in- law” is just a phone call away.
Normally for any move the Ru.ssians do, it’s for 3 moves ahead. My issue with them is they keep sacrificing a pawn thinking they’ll win the game.
The only news here is — Iran will withdraw any of their assets from the border with Israel’s occupied Golan Heights.
The rest of it is typical Israeli invention. Having failed to make Russia budge on any issue, especially Iran, and having only suceeded in creating a buffer area in Syria with no Iranian presence, they need to say something humiliating. Like Russia needs Israel to tell US to be nice to Russia. And Russia promissed to be stern with Iran and Syria. Suuuure!
Iran is fighting ISIS, and is — besides Russia — key factor in defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And helped Hezbollah fight off ISIS on Lebanese border, to prevent its spread among over a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. As for Israel, it continuously helped terrorists by bombing Syrian assets, by providing medical care to wounded ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrorists.
I think something very different emerged from the meetings. Yes, withdrawal from Golan Heights area would eliminate Israel’s excuse for supporting terrorists. And excuse to bomb Syrian, Iranian or Hezbollah forces outside the defined area.
As for the mighty Israel being begged by Rusdia to smooth things iver with US — it tells more about the sad state of US-Israel relations, then anything else. It is by far more likely that Israel took on the role of talking to Russia about finding a way out of Syria.
Russia is being sought left and right — from Merkel to Macron, all trying to figure some imponderables. Now, it is NATO- Russia Council that is suddenly remembered by NATO. It is HK looking ridiculous with its fake drama of military grade nerve poison from Russia — put the entire Salisbery city on emergency alert, issued ridiculous claims as to the method of poisoning — and while the victims were fine knce taken out of medically induced coma— we are treated to a classic hostage video of victim not allowed to speak freely in front of media, and answer some questions. More and more, stories are falling apart, be that Malaysian plane crash, doping scandal that never was, and punishments against athletes struck down by Swiss court of appeals. On and on it goes.
Since March 1, all the noise generated against Russia, has just one purpose. Set the stage for sitting down and having a discussion on de-escalation of military sabre rattling.
And all spooks, very competent in domestic political games, are being redirected into discovery of the real status of Russia’s new gen weaponry, science and technology.
And Israel tends to have an undeserved reputation of intelligence success. But not this time. This is way above their head.
Israel helped Turkey excuse the Armenian genocide, quashed any US consideration of it for decades. That did a total reversal the moment Israel ran into conflict with Turkey.
So yes, it is reasonable to think the Israelis would try to help Russia, and reasonable to think they can.
Orthodox part of Russia and about two million Russians in Israel influence to an unknown degree also Putin’s or Russian stance towards Israel: the most ever an artificial ‘nation’ or country w.o. yet also unknown borders and what it is it wants to do to and with Palestinians.
Orthodox religions, afaik, want Israel or only J’lem free of the Palestinians or free of their any effect on Israel or Christian wishes.
Putin is also, i think, a believer. So, i don’t put anything past him when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians.
Does this mean that Russia will eventually give up on helping Syria?
Good. Everybody go home.
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