Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran wants to turn Lebanon into a giant missile site

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On the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Moscow on Monday, the government and Israeli army spokespersons launched on Sunday an unprecedented campaign in which they warned of Iran's influence in Lebanon and Syria.

At the start of their meeting, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Putin for holding the meeting at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Speaking during his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he intends to discuss with the Russian leader "the various developments in the region".

Israeli leaders have pledged to prevent Syrian territory being used for Iran to set up bases or transfer high-quality weaponry to Lebanon's Hizballah group, which is backing Damascus in the war.

Netanyahu, who had arrived in Moscow earlier Monday, had three separate meetings, spending several hours with the Russian president. If it doesn't stop on its own, we'll stop it. Netanyahu said he told Putin that "also here, if we need to act, we will act".

The two leaders also speak frequently on the phone, and Netanyahu described Israel- Russia ties as "excellent".

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Netanyahu was accompanied by the head of Military Intelligence Maj.

"This is also our mission today and it is to this end that I want to speak with you, about our common efforts to promote security and stability in our region, and - of course - the cooperation between us, between Russian Federation and Israel".

The Israeli army has recently released a stark warning against Iran addressed to the citizens of Lebanon, where it claims Tehran is building military facilities. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are all backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war. Dozens of airstrikes on weapons convoys bound for Lebanon have been attributed to Israel by foreign media reports.

As a gift, the Russian president handed him an original letter that Oskar Schindler sent to his wife, Netanyahu said.