The Russian-Iranian deal offered to Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a closed hearing on Monday that Russia recently proposed to Israel and the US that Iran be granted relief from some US sanctions that were imposed on it, in return for the removal of Iranian forces and proxies from Syria, Axiosreports Tuesday.
Netanyahu’s statements came during a hearing of the Foreign affairs and Security Committee of the Knesset, according to the report.
MKs who attended the hearing said Netanyahu did not say whether the Russian proposal was made during his short conversation with President Vladimir Putin in Paris last Sunday, but that it definitely seemed that way from the prime minister’s comments.
Iranian retrenchment in Syria is a huge concern for Israel, but the Russian position until now has been, at least publicly, that Iran’s presence is legitimate because it came at the Assad regime’s invitation. This is the first we’re hearing that the Russians have floated an idea for Iran’s withdrawal, and that they’re linking it to US sanctions.