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Jerusalem has vowed to continue striking cross-border targets, perhaps even sophisticated defense systems manned by Russian troops
Saturday's escalation marks the first time in more than a decade that an Israeli jet has been lost during combat.
Both Israelis and Palestinians have given a nod in the direction of the initiative but have not set a date with the Russians.
A weekly selection of opinions and analyses from the Arab media around the world.
By THE MEDIA LINE
According to a report, sources close to the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow identified previous Israeli raids on Iranian positions in central Syria, "but did not respond."
By HERB KEINON
If the United States pulled out, there was no question of discussing new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran.
Despite Western airstrikes, the Syrian government continued its advance, with Russian and Iranian aid.
Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government in the seven-year civil war and it says it has no intention of withdrawing unless Syria requested it do so.
Moscow's deputy foreign minister says Washington is trying to undermine adherence to the Iran nuclear deal.
The US mission to the UN, which presides over the Council this month, pointed out that even China decided not to block the measure this time.
By DANIELLE ZIRI
The spectacle of Russian planes taking off from bases inside Iran on Tuesday to attack targets in Syria shows, indeed, that the deal was a game changer.
Russia not only has no intention of ending its involvement in Syria, but it actually has a larger strategy: to increase its presence in the Middle East.
By YOSSI MELMAN
This marks Soleimani's second trip to Moscow since July, following the controversial nuclear agreement between Iran and other world powers.
By REUTERS,JPOST.COM STAFF
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