Israel to Russia – Assad’s safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria


JERUSALEM/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

Netanyahu conveyed the message in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official said, just hours after Israel shot down what it described as a Syrian drone that had penetrated its airspace, underscoring the frontier’s volatility.

Israel has been on high alert as Assad’s forces advance on rebels in the vicinity…



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