Shalom and welcome to Jerusalem Studio, right after a Russian intelligence collection plane was shot down by Syrian air defense missiles on September 17, following an Israeli air raid on Iranian targets in Syria, Israel hoped that the relationship between Jerusalem and Moscow will not suffer significantly from this isolated incident. But the Russian Defense Ministry held to a militant line, rejecting Israel's explanations and starting to transfer a more advanced air defense system, S-300, to Syria. Are Russia and Israel heading towards a showdown over Syria, and if they are, who is going to prevail?
To discuss it, we are joined by:
1. Lt. Col. Res. Reuven Ben Shalom - Cross-cultural strategist and columnist at the Jerusalem Post.
2. Prof. Zeev Hanin, Expert on Russian and Middle Eastern Studies, Bar Ilan and Ariel Universities
3. Avi Melamed, CEO and President Inside the Middle East Institute U.S.