Russia: Israel’s friend or foe?
Op-ed: Is Defense Minister Ya’alon confusing today’s Russia with the Soviet Union? What has Russia ever done to us that it deserves to be placed in the same line as Iran and ISIS?
In his speech at the Saban Forum in Washington, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon criticized the Obama administration, saying that by “sitting on the fence,” it was forcing Middle Eastern countries to turn to Russia.
“Russia is playing a more significant role than the United States” in the Syrian crisis, he said. “We don’t like the fact that King Abdullah of Jordan is going to Moscow, the Egyptians are going to Moscow, the Saudis are going to Moscow. The United States should play a more active role in our region.” He added that there was a void which was being filled by Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.
|If this quote is accurate, it is irritating – from several aspects: What has Russia ever done to us that it deserves to be placed in the same line as Iran and even ISIS? And isn’t it slightly pretentious for little Israel to determine the relative role of two world powers in the Middle East? And what kind of attitude does the defense minister expect from a world power which we “don’t like” our neighbors turning to?|
Are we confusing today’s Russia with the Soviet Union? Don’t we have tight commercial, tourism and cultural relations, and recently even military cooperation? Why only recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Kremlin as a friend, their country is open to aliyah and Russia’s Jews have a lot of praise for President Vladimir Putin’s attitude towards them, an attitude which he openly expresses repeatedly.
It’s reasonable to assume that it was no coincidence that Israel was absent from the UN General
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