Foreign Policy quotes Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Ariel Cohen on Israel and Russia coordinating on military action in Syria and the larger implications of such an agreement:
Despite their conflicting views on Palestine, Iran, and other Middle East tension points, Israel and Russia maintain good relations. Netanyahu is hoping to press Putin into keeping Israeli security interests in mind as Moscow expands its role in the region.
“It’s a quid pro quo relationship,” Ariel Cohen, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told FP. “Both countries are very pragmatic with their security.”