Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Thursday to discuss the fight against ISIS and Iran.
At the meeting, Netanyahu described Russia and Israel as partners in combating radical Islamic terror and forces seeking to turn the world towards the medieval barbarism of the dark ages.
“Israel, Russia and the US and many other countries share the goal of eliminating Daesh,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying by Israel’s Government Press Office. “I think that cooperation between all of the elements I have said toward this goal serves each one of us and also serves humanity.”
Netanyahu addressed the threat of Iran, one of the largest state-sponsors of terror in the Middle East. The Israeli Prime Minister said Israel is determined to stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapons, in addition to preventing it from establishing itself militarily in Syria and arming Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
“I would like to thank you for your willingness to help on a humanitarian matter of the highest order – returning the bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, and the three Israeli citizens being held in Gaza,” Netanyahu told Medvedev.
The Russian Prime Minister also met with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas Friday and assured him that the initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Moscow is “still on the table,” according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.
“Our recognition of the state Israel cannot be for free,” Abbas was quoted as telling Medvedev by WAFA. “As such, it is necessary for Israel to recognize the state of Palestine.”