KGB meets commando to discuss Iran and Syria.
I don't believe that Obama has yet visited Israel as president.
I note the visit by Putin to Bethlehem, a nod to Christianity in Russia, which is a key unifying element of post-communist national identity.
Abbas to Receive Russian President Putin in Bethlehem
- MOSCOW, June 18, 2012 (WAFA) President Mahmoud Abbas will receive his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Bethlehem on June 26, said Palestinian ambassador to Russia Fayed Mustafa on Monday. He said Putins visit to the Middle East comes within a tour that will include Palestine, Jordan and Israel. He said Abbas and Putin will discuss issues concerning the peace process, especially since Russia is a member in the Quartet for Middle East peace along with the United States, European Union and United Nations, and a permanent member in the United Nations Security Council. This will be Putins second official visit to the Palestinian territory since 2005 when he met Abbas in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. Putin is expected in Israel on June 25.
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posted on 06/25/2012 5:22:41 AM PDT
(As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
We live in strange times — Israel has better relations with the head of Russia than the head of the US.
posted on 06/25/2012 12:54:55 PM PDT
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