Netanyahu plays a ‘Trump card’ as Israeli elections near

Russian Israeli security chiefs meet in Moscow

Russian Israeli security chiefs meet in Moscow

Hours earlier the Israeli leader met in Moscow with Putin, who described how Russian and Syrian forces had located Baumel's remains, and that it had been a hard task.

Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel had been listed as missing along with two other Israeli soldiers after a deadly battle with Syrian forces in a Lebanese village.

Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia's military general staff, apparently made the demand to senior Israel Defense Forces officers, whom he met during a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. This time Netanyahu is coming to Moscow five days ahead of the parliamentary election in Israel, which is due on April 9.

More than 400,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements as part of its military occupation of the territory, while a further 200,000 live in settlements in occupied east Jerusalem over which Israel has already implemented full sovereignty.

Baumel immigrated to Israel with his parents from NY in 1970.

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During an interview with Israeli Kan Reshet Bet radio, Netanyahu said that Israel "may be forced" to carry out an operation in Gaza, which would only be taken "after every alternative had been explored".

Putin said he valued Netanyahu's "attitude to the memory of Red Army soldiers", adding that Baumel shared the same fate as thousands of Soviet soldiers who went missing during World War II.

The recovery was welcomed by the United States, Baumel's birthplace.

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 Brazilian president and others.
"Welcome home, Zachary, and Rest in Peace". The Kremlin said earlier this week the two would "compare notes" during Netanyahu's brief meeting with Putin, their third in recent months.

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