Skip to comments.Russia's Putin arriving in Israel to discuss Iran, Syria
Posted on 06/24/2012 11:02:59 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
At time of Mideast uncertainty, Russian president scheduled to hold lengthy meeting with Netanyahu expected to focus on J'lem, Moscow's differing opinions on efficacy of diplomacy in curbing Iranian threat.
With the Muslim Brotherhood now in charge in Egypt and Syria in flames, Russian President Vladimir Putin will make his first visit to the volatile region on Monday since becoming president again in May, with a quick two-day journey to Israel and Jordan.
While Putin is scheduled to hold a lengthy meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the afternoon a one-on-one discussion followed by a larger meeting with staff and other ministers the bulk of the visit will be symbolic: the dedication of a monument to the Red Army for its victory over Nazi Germany, a state dinner with President Shimon Peres and a visit to Bethlehem.
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I don't believe that Obama has yet visited Israel as president.
I note the visit by Putin to Bethlehem, a nod to Christianity in Russia, which is a key unifying element of post-communist national identity.
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We live in strange times — Israel has better relations with the head of Russia than the head of the US.
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