In the following you will find our translation of a report from RIA Novosti with commentary and notes [in brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
There were a few reports in Western media as well on the latest statement by Netanyahu to Putin in their last meeting, but American journos write pure propaganda, all the time. They never criticise Israel’s extreme belligerence toward Iran yet constantly remind us that Iran’s leaders warn Israel that if it attacks Iran, it will be destroyed, trying to make the case for war on Iran. Yet, the US does exactly the same sort of thing when it warns Iran that if it should overstep its bounds, the US will attack it (despite the fact that this could lead to WW III), and when Trump reminded Iran that he has the power to kill 10 million Iranians. Nothing could be more unfair or one-sided than US "journalism," but that is what we have come to expect from US “news” reports.
The article below explains the Russian view.
"Iran is our neighbour, one of the most important centres of power in the Middle East, Iran has been fighting terrorism together with us, is connected with our great economic interests. Iran has never openly declared its desire to put the Muslim population of the former Soviet Union under its wing,"
If US journalists were honest, they would admit that, despite Donald Trump’s repeated statement that “Iran is the biggest terror sponsor in the world,” it is Saudi Arabia that has spawned ISIS, al-Qaeda and the latter’s rebrandings, and that Iran is the Muslim nation besides Syria that has most effectively fought and heroically shed blood to defeat the major terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. They would also admit that, given Israel’s constant homicidal missile attacks on Iranian assets in Syria, where they are operating legally – unlike the US, which has not been invited -- any arms that the Iranians have accumulated or built in Syria (or in Lebanon and Iraq, which Israel has also attacked) are, by any logical criteria, to be used defensively and not to attack Israel unprovoked.
Now the msm propagandists would also have us believe that Hezbollah, the Iran-related movement in Lebanon, is a threat and a terror group, despite the fact that it was Hezbollah that saved Lebanon from destruction and subjugation to Israel in 2006. The fact that very few if any US politicians on either side of the aisle have dared to challenge these false narratives is solid evidence that defeating the so-called Deep State that opposes Trump will in no way lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflicts in the Middle East. The opposition to Trump is based on secondary issues – in fact, non-issues – such as the accusation that Russia substantially affected the outcome of the last presidential election (as if the hypocritical US had not carried out a successful coup in Ukraine that nearly bankrupted that nation). This accusation of Russian meddling, which has never been proven, pales beside the conflict fuelled by the Saudi-Israeli desire to antagonize the Shia and the Palestinians and start a war in Gaza and in Iran that would set fire to the entire Middle East and quite possibly spill over into a major confrontation of the US with Russia (and possibly China). What Israel really wants is in fact unthinkable but Westerners are supposed to think Iran and Palestine can be defeated without any repercussions in the rest of the Muslim world. Only the brain dead and the brain washed could believe this. This is why the Russian viewpoint is an important antidote to the toxic rhetoric of the US msm and political class.
Russia is the undisputed peace maker in the Middle East. Unlike the US, Russia not only does not take sides in the Israel-Iran conflict, it also guarantees Israel against the Iranian aggression that Israel and the US pretend will happen any moment now. This is reported by RIA Novosti but I was unable to find a corresponding report in the Western press.
Expert comments on Netanyahu’s statement about Iran’s danger to Russia
MOSCOW, Sep 12 - RIA News. The position of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the danger of Iran to Russia is not new and has been broadcast for several years, it is connected with the struggle of Shiites and Sunnis within Islam, Tatyana Karasova, head of the Israel and Jewish Communities Studies Department of the Institute of Oriental Studies, told RIA Novosti.
Netanyahu arrives on Thursday on a working visit to Sochi, where he will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with RBC, he assessed the state of relations between Russia and Iran. In his opinion, the positions of Moscow and Tehran do not always coincide. In addition, the Israeli prime minister listed Iran among two "dangers for the future of Russia." Ultimately, according to Netanyahu, Tehran will aim weapons and ideology not only at the West and Israel, but also at Russia.
"This idea is not new, he (Netanyahu - Ed.) Has long been trying to convey to the whole world that the confrontation with Iran should be global and civilizational, that this is a war of civilizations, because it is a radical Shiite Islamism that has global claims, which wants to establish the power of the Shiite branch from Islam to the whole world. This is the concept of Netanyahu, "said Karasova. The expert noted that, according to the Israeli Prime Minister, "Iran’s claims are to unite all Muslims under its own banner."
In her opinion, it is more and more about the international confrontation between the two main branches in Islam - Shiism and Sunnism.
“The Sunni branch is deeply antagonistic towards Shiites, it is an internal struggle within Islam itself. Netanyahu has repeatedly said that Iran’s aspirations go not only against America or against neighbours in the region, but also against neighbours in the former Soviet Union. Therefore, it is always trying to show the need to unite in the fight against Iran not only to some Sunni states of the Middle East, but also to all states that have a Muslim population, of course, primarily Russia," explained the expert.
In her opinion, Russia needs not only to take note, but also to analyse this opinion, but exclusively from its point of view. "Iran is our neighbour, one of the most important centres of power in the Middle East, Iran has been fighting terrorism together with us, is connected with our great economic interests. Iran has never openly declared its desire to take the Muslim population of the former Soviet Union under its wing," emphasized the political scientist. [my highlighting, Vince]