Amir Oren, a veteran Israeli journalist and political commentator, said that while Netanyahu likely petitioned Putin on one of his favorite pet issues, Iran's military presence in Syria, the meeting was clearly held for domestic consumption back home in Israel.
As the Israeli and Russian leaders met, Putin revealed that Russian special forces in Syria had found the remains of a USA -born Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel. Tuesday's vote is largely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has campaigned on his foreign policy prowess and relations with world leaders.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow was motivated primarily by a desire to show tired voters ahead of Israel's upcoming election that he is a respected leader on the world stage, an analyst told RT.
He and two other soldiers went missing in a 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon.
"Our military together with Syrian partners established the place of his burial", Putin said at the start of the meeting.
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"It's very important that we will have someone to talk to", the former Israeli military chief continued.
Syria, however, released a statement Thursday denying any knowledge of the remains.
Worldwide human rights groups have criticized Israel's handling of Ahed Tamimi, placing under scrutiny the Israeli military court system that Palestinian youth face in the West Bank. "Our rivals Gantz and Lapid at the moment are ahead of us by four-five seats", he said during a demonstration in front of his residence in Jerusalem.
In an interview broadcast Friday, Netanyahu said he told US President Donald Trump he would not remove settlements or people as part of a future American peace plan. Netanyahu also hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Jerusalem earlier this week. Netanyahu lauded the repatriation of Baumel's remains as an "expression of mutual responsibility and feeling of unity" that epitomizes Israel. The operation was made possible by Israel's close cooperation with Russian Federation, a close ally of Damascus, and took two years to complete.