Skip to comments.Preoccupied Western Media Fails to Appreciate the Historic Revival of Ties Between Russia and Israel
Posted on 06/14/2016 6:36:18 PM PDT by SJackson
A Preoccupied Western Media Fails to Appreciate the Historic Revival of Ties Between Russia and Israel
Putin Netanyahu.JPG The recent meeting in Moscow between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin marks a milestone in the continuing rapproachment between Israel and Russia. The growing engagement between these former bitter adversaries has attracted limited attention in the Western media, obsessed as it is with Israeli-Palestinian issues.
In its prior embodiment as the Soviet Union, the Russian government armed and abetted Israel's enemies and had a central role in the worldwide campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state. Ironically, while Soviet propaganda against Israel remains to this day a staple of the anti-Israel left in the West, the post-Soviet successor state has adopted a more favorable stance toward Israel and the Jewish people.
From a historic perspective, a close bond between Israel and Russia is quite natural. Many of Israel's Jews trace their roots back to Russia and the lands formerly ruled by Czarist Russia and the Soviet Union. In more recent history, nearly a quarter of Israel's Jewish population was part of or descended from the migration that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
An article appearing in TASS, the news agency linked to the Russian government, closed with a powerful reminder of a tragic shared past between Russia and the Jewish people.
The article reports comments by President Putin.
Russia and Israel will pool efforts to counter attempts to revise the history of World War II, Putin said. "We are speaking about a very sensitive subject - the memory of World War II," Putin told journalists. "Our peoples fought together against Nazism and paid a huge price (sp) for the victory," Putin stressed. "That is why we must and will keep the memory of the heroes and victims of that war, we will counter attempts to revise its results, to forget the tragedy of Holocaust." Putin's words serve as a reminder of the role the Soviet Union played in defeating Nazi Germany and the important role Soviet Jews had in the Soviet war effort. It was Soviet forces that liberated the major death camps containing the surviving remnant of Jews caught in the Nazi web. Despite the personal animosity of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin towards Jews and a ruling Communist party disinterested in the dire circumstances confronting Jews both during and after the war, it was the Russian people, in the guise of the tens of millions serving in the Soviet armed forces, who deserve credit for saving the Jewish people of Eurasia from complete annihilation.
Some 500,000 Jewish men served in the Soviet armed forces and 200,000 lost their lives, evenly divided between combat losses and those murdered on the spot after being plucked out of prisoner lines by hawk-eyed German guards. Jews served at all levels in the Soviet armed forces, including as generals and received countless citations for bravery.
Jewish engineers and scientists also contributed enormously using their ingenuity to provide the Soviet armed forces with desperately needed modern weapons that enabled the reconstituted Soviet forces to recover from early calamitous defeats and overwhelm the German Wehrmacht.
While anti-Jewish sentiment persists in the Russian population and the growing Muslim minority imposes limitations on Russian support for Israel, revived Israeli-Russian relations would go a long way toward righting a historic wrong brought about by a cynical and callous Communist leadership.
We have lost our best ally in the middle east
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Our President has sent Israel into the arms of Russia. Add to that Putin running the show in Syria, Simply amazing. The worst president of our lifetime.
No, not lost, it goes beyond this administration. But given the last 8 years, which include an American supported existential threat to Israel, they’d be fools not to look for other friends. Given the Iranian threat, a serious nuclear ally would be nice. The US is no deterrence.
"We have many common interests."
I would say, the worst president in history.
A big factor is Israel joining the hydrocarbon club, with major offshore gas fields ripe for development. Russia is in on the deal now to develop those fields. Israel’s budget and economy could start to feel a boost from from offshore gas revenues as early as next year. It will be transformative over the next decade.
Also, a lot of Russian Jews who have emigrated to Israel. Dead Sea resorts cater to them as a major part of their market. Lots of business opportunities, cultural and family ties.
Despite its size, Israel is a technology dynamo, which Russia can benefit from.
If Russia wants to play in Middle Eastern politics, few can match Israel for regional intelligence. Or within the UsA, for that matter.
While Erdogan was making Turkey increasingly hostile to Israel, even talking about claiming the offshore gas fields, Russia and Israel was starting to find themselves as useful allies against Erdogan.
Russia has a strong hand in shaping events in Syria as well, critical for Israeli security.
It is a smart move for Putin, and probably for Israel too, as long as they maintain enough counterweight with the US and Europe to keep from being bullied over the hydrocarbon deals.
Bibi has balls. He loves his country.
Vlad the Bad has balls. He loves his country.
Barky: no balls. He hates his adopted homeland.
It would make sense, after they did the same with Egypt. This must be the Obama Doctrine: “Any friend of US ought to keep their options open and shop around.”
While anti-Jewish sentiment persists in the Russian population and the growing Muslim minority imposes limitations on Russian support for Israel......that's it. Anti-Jewish sentiment persists and is growing, and that's the whole story.
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