you may say so even though "ruthless" warrants a BIG discussion.
In fact, my wife is from Israel and we have friends here who are from Lebanon.
Interesting (but friendly) debates these days...
In deed Russia has to be careful, considering the separatist movements in the south of the country (Thechnya rebels...). I don't know how many of the separatist are muslims.
Russia may not want to upset either side in this conflict. If it does, it loses biz and bucks from Israel or has the muslim world spark the separatist movements.
Not too appealing of a choice if you ask me...!
Time waits for nobody