On Tuesday last week, Israeli opposition leader and Labor Party chairman MK Isaac Herzog visited Moscow to meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov.
In a statement posted on his Hebrew-language Facebook page before his departure, Herzog called Russia “one of the most influential states in the world in general and in the Middle East in particular.” He also reiterated the Israeli position that Russia make all efforts to prevent the diversion of its weapon shipments to Syria into the hands of Hezbollah forces attempting to establish themselves in the Syrian Golan. “This is a red line that the State of Israel cannot tolerate,” he said.
“Israel has consistently taken the position that it will act to prevent weapons shipments via Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Kol HaBirah. Shapiro is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.