Russia to Return Israeli Tank Used in ’82 Battle With Syrians

JERUSALEM — In a sign of growing cooperation, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has agreed to return to Israel a tank that was seized during a disastrous 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon, an episode that left three Israeli soldiers missing in action and has haunted Israel for more than 30 years.

The gesture of good will was announced before a visit to Moscow, starting Monday, by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to commemorate 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia. The Soviet Union had severed ties in 1967, after the Arab-Israeli War.

  • Brett_McS

    It’s the “Screw Obozo” coalition.

  • I’m such a nice guy.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      And more importantly, you know where your national interests lie.

  • marty_p

    Political pundits in Israel describe the tank return as Putin attempting to gain Israel cooperation in Russia’s plan for the future of Syria and for Israel to abandon support for Syrian rebels:

    • This is where the real chess game begins.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I don’t care what anybody says, Putin is evil but Trump can rein him in.
        And we’re going to need him as a counterweight to China.

        • Trump can’t rein him in. Putin is a KGB agent. He is not to be roped in by a billionaire.

          Russia works with China when it suits it.

          How would Trump gain Russia’s confidence only to have it broken?

          Russia has to be treated differently.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Trump doesn’t need Russia’s confidence.
            And I’m sure Putin is a billionaire, too.

          • I don’t mean confidence. I mean trust.

            No one trusts Putin. I’m sure he doesn’t even trust himself.