DEBKAfile March 5, 2017, 11:29 AM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday that he will strongly dispute Iran’s moves to establish a permanent presence in Syria at his coming talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Thursday. Tehran aims to keep ground and naval troops in the country for good, as well as trying to open a second front against Israel from the Golan, he said. Netanyahu voiced the hope that the common ground achieved on this issue with Moscow thus far will be sustained.