A flare-up in the skies above Israel and Syria over the weekend has put a strain on Binyamin Netanyahu’s close ties with Vladimir Putin. The clash also makes it clear that Moscow is the boss when it comes to the Middle East.
A moribund Middle East peace process means that Israel is finding it increasingly tough to do business with its biggest trading partner, the EU. So, the self-proclaimed ‘Start-Up Nation’ is looking elsewhere for deals, and India fits the bill nicely.
By claiming to have deployed a sophisticated air-defence system, Russia may be attempting to force the international coalition to think twice before undertaking air strikes in Syria without consultations with Moscow