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Amid growing tensions over Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Seth J. Frantzman, a Jerusalem-based commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, emphasized the importance of Russo-Israeli cooperation and warned against Tel-Aviv getting itself mired in the Syrian conflict in his article for The Jerusalem Post. reports that Russo-Israeli relations are at their warmest point in history, Seth J. Frantzman, an Israeli commentator on Middle East politics, stressed in his recent article for The Jerusalem Post.

The commentator emphasized that both countries understand each other's boundaries and are cooperating on other fronts, regardless of the tensions in the region over Israeli airstrikes inside Syria on March 16.

About two weeks ago, the Israeli Air Force conducted several airstrikes inside Syria, prompting fierce criticism from Damascus.

"Syria calls on the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council to condemn this Israeli blatant aggression and oblige Israel to stop supporting terrorism in Syria and to implement all Security COuncil resolutions on counter-terrorism," the Syrian Foreign Ministry stated, commenting on the matter.

For its part, Tel-Aviv said that the airstrikes were aimed against a convoy which carried weapons to Hezbollah, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel.
"Our policy is very consistent. When we identify attempts to pass modern weaponry to Hezbollah, when we have intelligence data and operational capabilities, we act to prevent this," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated last Friday.

It was also reported that Moscow summoned Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren to inquire about airstrikes on Syrian troops.

However, speaking to Sputnik last Monday, Ambassador Koren expressed hope that Russia will help ease tensions in the region.

"We hope that Russia and Syria's allies will use their influence to bring Damascus to reason," Koren said, commenting on the recent jet accident.

2017.03.27 / 21:59
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