WHEN ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Ehud Olmert was in Moscow on October 7 2008, he pleaded with Russia not to sell advanced weapons to Iran & Syria. Putin was not there. It was Dimitry Medvedev that Olmert met with — and Olmert came up empty.
Olmert was concerned that sales of a S-300 anti-aircraft missile system by Russia to Iran would threaten Israel’s air superiority over Iran and Syria. And that if Iran received these missiles, it would be able to protect its nuclear sites, making an Israeli aerial strike ineffective. Ignoring Olmert’s plea, Russia intends on making the sale.
It is obvious to Israel’s leadership that Moscow’s bolstering of Syria’s & Tehran’s power to confront international pressures against them - is Moscow’s way of tilting the balance of power in the Middle East away from Washington.