Prime Minister Netanyahu travelled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday, their meeting focused on Russia’s military coordination with Israel, Russian arms sales to Iran as well as Israel’s stance on the Golan Heights as sovereign, Israeli territory. The meeting is also reported to focus on Israel’s security as Russia withdrawals from Syria, specifically in relation to Hezbollah.

At the beginning of their closed meeting, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, stating to Putin “Israel has clear red lines connected to our security. Whether with an agreement or without an agreement, the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty.

On Sunday, the Knesset held a special meeting on the Golan Heights Sunday amidst ongoing negotiations for ending Syria’s civil war, Prime Minister Netanyahu clarifying that the Golan Heights is Israeli territory and has flourished since Israel captured the region during the Six Day War. Touching on the necessity of Israel’s security amidst Syria’s conflict, Netanyahu called for international recognition of Israeli sovereignty of the region. FULL REPORT