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Zev Chafets

Why Israel Got the Biggest Win From Helsinki

Russia and the U.S. are on board to limit Iran’s military presence in Syria. For Israel, that’s a start. 

Both friends of Bibi.

Both friends of Bibi.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying a triumphal moment. He didn’t attend the Helsinki summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, of course, but he certainly felt he was represented there.

“I think we really came to a lot of good conclusions, a really good conclusion for Israel,” Trump told interviewer Sean Hannity immediately after the meeting. Putin, Trump said, “is a believer in Israel. He's a fan of Bibi. He is really helping him a lot and will help him a lot, which is good for all of us.”