BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:47 P.M.) – The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow on Thursday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu talked up Israel-Russia relations during a meeting with Putin.
The Israeli leader hailed “progress in the fight against radical Islamic Sunni terror under the leadership of ISIS and Al-Qaeda,” singling out Russia for its own “contribution.”
“I am very pleased to note that we have established very close, confidential contacts. We meet regularly, we are constantly on the telephone, we work at the level of ministries and departments,” Putin said of Russia’s relationship with Israel.
“And often you come to us on the eve of holidays. I want to congratulate you on the upcoming Purim holiday, to wish you and all Israel good holidays and prosperity,” Putin added.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu pointed out some of the commonalities between Israel and Russia, particularly terrorism.
“One of the things that unites us is our joint struggle against radical Islamic terror. And in the last year there has been very serious progress in the fight against radical Islamic Sunni terror under the leadership of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and Russia has made a great contribution to this progress,” the Israeli said.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu brought up Iran with his putting with Putin.
“Thank you for congratulating us on the Purim holiday: 2,500 years ago in ancient Persia there was an attempt to destroy the Jewish people and it failed. This is what we celebrate during this holiday. And today there are attempts on the part of the descendants of ancient Persia, Iran, to destroy the Jewish state: they speak openly about it, they write it in black and white in their newspapers,” he said.
“Of course, today we have our own country, our own army, we can defend ourselves. But I want to say that the threat of radical Islamic Shia terror is not only in our address, but also in the address of the region, the whole world. I am sure we all want to prevent the threat of radical Islamic terror, no matter what kind it is, Shiite or Sunni,” he concluded.