Days after being ousted as prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu handed a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin promising a fast comeback, a supply near Netanyahu and a European diplomat advised me.
Why it issues: Netanyahu and Putin had a detailed relationship that grew even nearer after Russia started its army involvement in Syria in 2015. Netanyahu flaunted that relationship throughout election campaigns — assembly with Putin days earlier than the 2019 vote and even that includes an image of the 2 collectively on a marketing campaign billboard to emphasise his stature as a statesman.
Behind the scenes: Shortly after Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister on June 13, the Russian ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, visited Netanyahu bearing a private letter from Putin which described their time working collectively.
- Netanyahu learn the letter and advised the Russian ambassador: “Tell President Putin I will probably be again quickly,” the sources say.
- Flash forward: Bennett will meet Putin next Friday in Sochi, the Kremlin has announced. This will be their first meeting and will focus on Iran and Syria, according to Israeli officials.
- What they’re saying: “We try not to compare Mr. Netanyahu to the current Prime Minister because Netanyahu worked with President Putin for lots of years and they knew each other very well and it takes time to develop new personal relationships,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised i24News.
The state of play: Netanyahu has not been in a position to destabilize Bennett’s authorities, which seems on the right track to move a finances in early November and thus purchase itself one other 18 months in energy.
- Internal dissent is rising in Netanyahu’s Likud get together, however he stays extremely fashionable with the get together trustworthy and Likud has been ticking upward within the polls whereas in opposition.