Russia says Israel is 'the problem' in Middle East, defends Iran
The Russian ambassador to Israel has defended Iran’s activities in the Middle East, saying Israel’s conflict with Palestine and other Arab countries is the root cause of instability in that region.
“The problem in the region is not Iranian activities,” Anatoly Viktorov told Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “It’s a lack of understanding between countries and non-compliance with UN resolutions in the Israel-Arab and Israel-Palestinian conflict.”
He also referred to the tunnels under Lebanon’s border with the territories occupied by Israel, which the Zionist regime claims to have been dug by the Hezbollah resistance movement, saying there was “no proof Hezbollah created the tunnels.”
The Russian envoy further blamed Israel for fueling violence in the region through conducting airstrikes on Syria.
“Israel is attacking Hezbollah, Hezbollah is not attacking Israel,” Viktorov said, adding that Israel should not attack “the territories of sovereign UN members.”
He also rejected the idea that Israel coordinates its attacks with Russia, saying any warning Israel gives Moscow is about the safety of Russian forces in Syria.
“There is no way that we are approving any Israeli strikes on Syria, never in the past and never in the future,” he stressed.
Israel frequently targets positions inside Syria, especially those of Hezbollah which has been helping the Syrian army in its fight against Takfiri militants.
The occupying regime mostly keeps quiet about the attacks on Syrian territories, which many view as knee-jerk reaction to Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism.
Commenting on Israel’s recent normalization deals with certain Arab countries, Viktorov said Russia supports the pacts, but that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must still be addressed within the framework of the so-called two-state solution.