The military phase of the conflict in Syria seems to be coming to an end. There is only one rebel hold out in Idlib and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has officially said Russia will pull out (although the Russian forces there have yet to leave).
However, the situation remains very tense. Earlier in September the Syrian air defence accidently shot down a Russian bomber when they were aiming at two Israeli fighters flying sorties against Iranian positions in Syria. There are several players in the conflict with different agendas and that of Russia and Israel is especially complex.
bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sits down with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has negotiated with Putin many times on the question of Syria to discuss the situation. Olmert believes Russia has stepped into a vacuum created by the US pull back from involvement in the region and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad days are numbered.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief bne IntelliNews
Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel