The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as “cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism,” the Iranian defence ministry website said.
It’s not clear whether Russia will finally supply the S-300 missiles as part of this latest deal. Some say a solution has been found but many in Iran will be forgiven for not trusting Russia. Time will tell.
Since 2007, not only Russia has not delivered the missiles (which it had built), it even went as far as dismantling and recycling them. Iran decided to launch a lawsuit against Russia, demanding $4 billion in compensation.
There are people both in Israel and Iran who mistrust Putin. They see him as someone who can not be trusted.
The question is: what does Putin think about Iran and Israel’s security concerns? Does he dismiss them? Does he think Israel is exaggerating? Does he believe that Iran is the victim or the aggressor?
This segment of his interview which he gave to the Kremlin controlled RT shows his opinion. It was filmed in June 2013, before the Ukraine crisis. Nevertheless, I think it says a lot about his level of understanding regarding both countries, and their security concerns.
Tonight I shared a panel with the Iranian regime’s PressTV channel correspondent in Israel. The panel was hosted by the Tel Aviv based I24 news.
Hamad Awidat who reports for the Iranian channel belongs to the Druze minority in Israel. He lives on the Golan Heights. I have my views regarding PressTV as an organization. Its nothing against Hamad as a person. He is a very nice guy and I enjoyed exchanging opinion with him. I look forward to many more and wish him the best.
And as usual I24 news channel proved yet again why they are a trendsetter in this country. They host people from all political views and groups. In fact they are one of the few, if not the only Israel based TV station to interview Hamas spokespersons, direct from Gaza. I know because I was in the studio and saw it live.
I must say that I found tonight’s experience quite strange. The Iranian regime calls for the destruction of Israel and refuses to compete with Israel in international sporting events, yet it sees no problem in having a reporter inside Israel. And there I was, sharing a panel with him, in Yafo port, just outside of Tel Aviv.
Would Iran allow an Israeli channel on its soil? Think again. It does not even allow BBC Persian to have an office. This is in addition to the fact that the Washington Post correspondent in Iran Jason Rezaian was recently arrested for unknown reasons.
Our free press in Israel is something to be tremendously proud of.
Here is an interesting report which Hamad prepared, not for PressTV. Its a message of support and love from Israel, from an Iranian in Israel who also seems to be leading a Christian Zionist group.