Netanyahu in the ‘axis of resistance’

It is really entertaining to follow the headlines and analyses of media outlets affiliated with the “axis of resistance” as they try to justify Israeli-Russian military coordination in Syria. The West was surprised by Russian President Valdimir Putin deciding to intervene in what looks like an operation to save Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, using the same units that fought the filthy war in Ukraine.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow after this development, and returned with official reassurances that the Syrian regime will not open the Golan front. The talks highlighted the intersection of interests in maintaining the Assad regime.


The media of the “axis of resistance” are struggling to overcome this public Russian-Israeli consensus. They have made desperate and confusing attempts to justify it, such as Putin deterring Israel from violating Syrian airspace, and Netanyahu trying to save face by claiming a major understanding with the Russian president.

Moscow is providing Israel with the kind of stability that former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad granted it 45 years ago

Diana Moukalled

Why do we expect Israel to object to the Russian military role in Syria as long as this does not oppose its interests? Moscow is providing Israel with the kind of stability that former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad granted it 45 years ago.

Perhaps it would have been better if the media affiliated with the “axis of resistance” claimed that they do not know what is going on, instead of comically cheering these developments. The Putin-Netanyahu meeting subjects those affiliated with the “axis of resistance” to contradictions that they cannot overcome.

Congratulations to “axis of resistance” supporters, as it seems that Netanyahu is now at its forefront! However, one question remains: Who are you resisting? Most probably your societies, all for the sake of Netanyahu!

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat.

Diana Moukalled is the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television and was the Production & Programming Manager with at the channel. Previously, she worked there as Editor in Chief, Producer and Presenter of “Bilayan al Mujaradah,” a documentary that covers hot zones in the Arab world and elsewhere, News and war correspondent and Local news correspondent. She currently writes a regular column in AlSharq AlAwsat. She also wrote for Al-Hayat Newspaper and Al-Wasat Magazine, besides producing news bulletins and documentaries for Reuters TV. She can be found on Twitter: @dianamoukalled.

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