Bibi Goes to Moscow & Says Don't Sell to Syria
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday May 14, 2013
I've Been Thinking:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just returned from China. And today he is off on a very quick trip to Moscow where he will meet with Vladimir Putin.
On this trip only a few aides will join him. His wife and driver, part of his usual entourage, will not be traveling along on this one.
The purpose of the trip is to try to stop Putin from supplying Syria with missiles. Which missiles is still yet unknown. Russia has already delayed the delivery of certain weapons. But Israel would obviously prefer that the deals all be cancelled.
How does Russia justify their selling weapons to Syria? Simple, they want to prevent what happened in Libya from happening in Syria. In Libya, if you recall, a no fly zone called by the United States was used to justify ousting Ghadaffi.
With these weapons it would be very difficult for the United States to fly and attack. Obviously it would also be hard for Israel to fly over Syria and attack. But that does not concern Russia.
Russia wants to help make certain that Syria remains secure and that Assad stays in position without external forces invading. That is their bottom line.
Netanyahu will have to use every diplomatic trick and economic incentive he has to persuade Russia to back off on supplying these missiles to Syria.
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