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‘Netanyahu goes to Putin to show Israeli voters: ‘I'm an important world leader'

Posted On: Sep 11, 2019   |   Posted By: RT

‘Netanyahu goes to Putin to show Israeli voters: ‘I'm an important world leader'

Vladimir Putin's upcoming talks with Benjamin Netanyahu in Sochi are more important for the Israeli PM's fight for re-election, but comparing notes with a key Middle Eastern player is also good for Russia, experts have told RT.
When Netanyahu lands on Russia's Black Sea coast on Thursday, he'll do so with mostly domestic politics on his mind, says Gideon Levy, Israeli journalist and columnist with newspaper Haaretz. “There is only one purpose to the visit and that's the election.”
‘It's all about the election'
“Netanyahu wants to show that he's a statesman who meets the leaders of the world” like Putin, he believes.
A snap legislative election is scheduled to take place in Israel on September 17. It was ordered when Netanyahu failed to form a ruling coalition after the vote in April, becoming the first prime minister in the country's history to commit such a blunder.
“Netanyahu is now fighting for each vote because the picture is very even,” Levy explained.
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