JD: David what about the Prime Minister making a visit to Vladimir Putin there in Russia in just a couple of days before the upcoming Israeli elections? Sounds like a very smart political move.
DD: Well it definitely was Jimmy. As I mentioned last week he’s trying to woo some of the Russian-speaking voters in Israel away from Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu party. The polls show that Lieberman will pick up maybe 8 seats and will be the dealmaker in the next coalition. Lieberman calling for a national unity government for the 2 big parties the blue and white and the Likud to join together. But of course the main topic that Putin and Netanyahu discussed was Syria and the Iranian forces in Syria. Reports say that finally Putin pledged to remove all Iranian forces from within about 55 miles of the Israeli border.