Moscow theater? Bibi’s meeting with Putin a transparent ploy to woo Israelis prior to election

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow was motivated primarily by a desire to show weary voters ahead of Israel’s upcoming election that he is a respected leader on the world stage, an analyst told RT. The Israeli prime minister met for several hours with President Vladimir Putin in the Russian capital on Thursday, but the timing of his visit, rather than the topics of discussion, seemed to interest analysts the most. 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. “The main point is probably to gain domestic support because [Netanyahu] has consistently tried to portray himself as being, as he said, in a different league than all other political candidates – someone with global stature, who can meet with both the American and Russian presidents, and host the…

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