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Why does Russia need Israel to contain Iranian forces in Syria?

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Submitted by Samuel Schwartz (Israel), Oct 22, 2018 at 08:58

Do you think Putin is worried that without Israeli pushback Iran would kick out the Russian forces, limit their strategic access or undermine the Assad regime? I recognize that Russia needs Israel not to tip the balance against Assad and preserve the above Russian interests but figured that Iran supports these goals and wouldn't try to subvert them.

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The Israelis are doing Russia's dirty work, what they cannot do and keep an alliance with Tehran.

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