Let's get one thing straight. Sure, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu scheduled his arrival to Moscow exactly on the Victory's Day, May 9th, hoping it was going to be seen and broadcasted worldwide as a great public gesture, and a silent approval of his actions by Putin, yet, he did not come to Moscow to celebrate. This simply does not correspond with reality.
Once again: Netanyahu did not come for the holiday or by his own good will, but for the 'mission impossible' in terms of geopolitical favour. Politicians have jobs, like actors, showmen and spies, that is, one often needs to go places, he does not like, talk the talk and smile when, in fact, feeling totally desperate. This is simply the nature of these jobs.
The Israeli prime minister came to Moscow for the crucial negotiations. As we know, Putin, before having a conversation with Netanyahu, held a special meeting of the Russian Security Council to discuss overall situation in the Middle East, particularly, recent attacks by Israel on Syria and the Iranian Deal, one day prior to the arrival of a "dear guest". For Netanyahu negotiations were so critical that he was even willing to pose with a patriotic Russian
St.George ribbon in front of the cameras.
What was discussed in fact? Syria was one, but the core issue was Iran. Trump broke the Iranian nuclear Agreement and, it would seem logical for the prime minister of Israel to fly to Washington, shake hands for the cameras and support the American President, however, instead he rushed to Moscow, which we know was declared a center of evil forces. Indeed, in 180 days sanctions by the US against Iran will come into full force again, and American diplomats prompted by Mike Pompeo will press their European colleagues to join in and apply pressure on Iran in terms of economy. But Netanyahu clearly understands prospects of a future military clash with Iran and knows that without Russia's neutrality on this issue, lets emphasize, neutrality, at the most, it will be very, very difficult.
And in order to ensure this neutrality, immediately after Trump announced his withdrawal from the Agreement, Israeli front man flew to Moscow. It was a well thought-out gesture and a nice attempt to play a 'good cop-bad cop' by dynamic duo of Trump-Netanyahu, but we do not believe he succeeded with Putin, as it is clear that Russia won't benefit from dropping its one real ally and siding with Tel-Aviv in this conflict.
It is no secret that Israel always had a very aggressive position against Assad in Syria. This is a fact and we wont even discuss the motives behind, simply point it out. Needless to say, this scenario does not suit us in any way, in "no way" to be exact. Especially, given the fact how easily Trump destroys agreements signed by his predecessor in blood, sweat and tears, it is not clear how can one even agree on anything with the Trump-Netanyahu tandem, using common sense and logic.
Even if we fantasize and imagine that Putin was offered to give up Iran in exchange for the fact that Netanyahu would lobby easing up (not dropping) sanctions against Russia in Washington. So what? We have been sanctioned for over 4 years now, sustaining just fine, remaining a sufficient country and an independent state. We wont even mention that Iran was heavily sanctioned since 1979, or for over 38 years.
And even if we were naive to go for it, as soon as any critical story appears on CNN or new accusations from the Democratic Party senators, Trump will immediately forget his promises to Israeli lobbyists and introduce something "anti-Russian" just to shut everybody up and solve his internal political issues.
Or suppose that Putin was promised to weaken European sanctions against Russia. But today's Europe is crying for dropping these sanctions, as it has suffered major economical damage and took the biggest hit instead of Russia. London (which is generally surprising), Paris and Berlin are against Netanyahu's plan of re-introducing Iran as the evil Empire, they are against breaking the nuclear Treaty and new war in the Middle East. They can not take or afford any more of it.
What else can Russia be offered in exchange for its neutrality in Iranian issue? Money? Reputation and respect are far more valuable. The price will be unacceptable. Investments? Investments come and go. Technologies? No technology is worth such exchange. Well, as the most delusional option: recognition of the Crimea? Russia has no need to buy it, especially at such price...
Clearly, Israel does not have any leverage for influencing Kremlin, or any other proposals that would force Russia to change its position on Iran.
The situation is similar with China and European Union.
And now we can ask again: what was the signal the West received from Netanyahu's presence in Moscow? It was a signal that the leadership of Israel recognizes the role and influence of Russia on international issues that were previously solved only in and by Washington, and it was clear that an attempt to convince Putin to change his position failed. Russians (and not only them) know well that Putin never gives up his allies. We can also congratulate Netanyahu for being a bad actor, and rather an unwanted guest.