Contrasting reports of Putin-Netanyahu Telephone Call
Dr. Aaron Lerner 4 January 2018
The Kremlin report note that the call was at PM Netanyahu's initiative.
There are two key differences regarding coordination:
- Jerusalem talks of "continuing" while the Kremlin writes "strengthening"
- Jerusalem talks of military coordination while the Kremlin mentions both
military and diplomatic channels for coordination.
#1 Official Israeli report
PM Netanyahu Speaks with Russian President Putin
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Friday, 4 January 2019),
spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two discussed
the situation in Syria and recent developments and agreed on continued
coordination between the [Israeli and Russian] militaries.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel is determined to continue its
efforts to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria.
Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated President Putin and the Russian
people on the occasion of the civil new year and expressed his condolences
over the disaster in Magnitogorsk.
#2 Kremlin report:
Telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
At the initiative of the Israeli side, Vladimir Putin had a telephone
conversation with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin
January 4, 2019 3:00 pm
[Google translation of announcement from official Kremlin website]
Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Benjamin conveyed condolences to the leadership
and the people of the Russian Federation in connection with the tragic
events in Magnitogorsk.
The discussion focused on the development of the situation in Syria,
including taking into account the declared US intention to withdraw its
troops from this country. The necessity was underlined of the final defeat
of terrorism and the speediest advance along the path of a political
settlement in the SAR. In this connection, the mutual focus on strengthening
coordination through military and diplomatic channels was confirmed.
Some topical issues on the bilateral agenda were also raised. A common
desire was expressed for the development of contacts at various levels.