Ex-Israeli Envoy: Russia’s Influence in Mideast Continues to Grow as US Failed to Understand Region

israel relies on Washington for military and diplomatic assistance and is also bound to the US by a number of contracts and treaties, and this is why Tel Aviv won’t ditch DC for a more reliable partner, like Russia, believes a former ambassador.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi is currently in Moscow, where he is expected to meet his counterpart Sergei Lavrov later on Wednesday.

The two are set to discuss trade, “attempts to rewrite the history” of World War II, and a number of regional issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel’s tensions in the north with the Lebanon-based Shiite militia Hezbollah.

Russia is at the Centre

However, former Israeli Ambassador to Russia Aliza Shenhar claims the meeting of the two ministers is a rather “meaningless ceremony”, and although she agrees they are likely to discuss Hezbollah and Iran, which israel deems as a threat to its security, she also thinks it will focus on the promotion of Moscow’s interests in the region.

The primary interest, believes the former diplomat, is the “cementing” of Russian leadership in the region.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has managed to regain its popularity in the Middle East, lost following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In Syria, Moscow has managed to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power despite the West’s attempts to oust the elected leader by supporting opposition and rebel groups. In Iran, Moscow played a pivotal role in contributing to the…

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