For every action, there is a reaction. The Obama regime has been one of the most anti-Israel administrations. The god-king regularly trashes Israel and encourages the hard Left to demonize the nation state. Instead of isolating Israel, the Jewish state does what most nation when threaten do. They take an offer of friendship from whatever quarter they can get it.
Despite hostility with the US and Western Europe over the latter embrace of post modern cultural Marxism, Russia has gotten closer to the state Israel. The mutual dislike of Obama by both Israeli PM Netanyhu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Frequent visits between the two, increase trade between the 2 nations and a growing distrust of the Neo-Marxist West has driven Israel and Russia closer than ever. Russia even double crossed Hezbollah whom they are allied with in Syria by assisting Israel in killing child murderer Samir Kuntar.
In the latest development of Russian and Israel cooperation, Russia is now offering to assist Israel develop their gas fields in the Mediterranean.
Consider it a form of ‘protection.’ Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has offered to invest in Israel’s natural gas development.
Diplomatic sources told the Middle East Newsline (MENL) on Wednesday, “Putin very much wants to make Russia into the major developer of energy fields in the Mediterranean, and the first target has been Israel.”
A decision last month by Israel’s High Court of Justice nullified a “stability clause” that would have blocked regulatory changes to an offshore gas outline for the next 10 years.
Hezbollah representatives spent months referring in various speeches to the reserve. Lebanon even attempted to recruit help from the United States in 2014 in seizing the reserve from Israel.
Putin, however, has pledged Russian influence to block attacks by Iranian proxies against any Russian-operated field. Efforts by Hezbollah to stop Israel from developing its natural resources beneath the Mediterranean would likely be among the targets of Russian ire.
Several weeks ago, Putin said he plans to meet with Netanyahu in the nearest future, noting that Russia and Israel have “many issues” to discuss.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told media on Wednesday that such a visit is indeed under consideration. “We will make a relevant statement in a timely manner” Peskov said, according to TASS.
Israeli media reported this week that Netanyahu plans to travel to Moscow later in the month, allegedly on April 21, to meet with Putin.
Many Israelis are off Russian roots and many Russian even Orthodoxy Christians have Jewish roots themselves. In many ways both nations are natural allies a sboth believe in defending Judeo-Christian civilization and are rejecting the Neo-Marxists of West.
As the Obama regime and the European Union try to isolate Israel, they have also increased their military ties with the Russians.
The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it was refusing to hold “de-confliction” talks with the Russian Defense Ministry to coordinate the two nations’ air-operations over Syria and would make do with just “technical details.” At the same time, de-confliction talks, of the kind the Americans rejected, between the Israel Defense Forces and their Russian counterparts, led by the deputy chiefs of staff of both militaries, were already wrapping up in Tel Aviv’s HaKirya headquarters.
Israel’s willingness to hold these talks reflects of course the recognition that after many years of operating nearly freely in Syrian airspace, things have changed with the arrival of a modern and well-equipped air force. But it also reflects the Russians’ desire not to have any confrontation with Israel in the region.
In the past, Israeli officials used to explain the desire to stay on Putin’s good side, despite his growing animosity towards the West and the erosion of civil rights in Russia, as part of its concern for the safety of hundreds of thousands of Jews still living in Russia. But there doesn’t seem to be any true basis for such fears, at least not under Putin. He is interested in the ties just as much as Israel.
To this day there are various explanations as to how Putin actually feels about Jews. His many supporters among the Jewish community in Russia insist that he is philosemitic, due to the friendships he had with Jewish classmates back in his childhood in St. Petersburg and the influence of Jewish teachers who perceived his potential. Putin’s critics ask why then are the Kremlin-funded propaganda channels filled with Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists, masquerading as respectable commentators? But even those critics agree that Putin has a high regard for Jews and regrets the emigration of many thousands of Jewish scientists and researchers following the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
The Unites States is making a huge geo-strategic and moral mistake by turning it’s back on Israel. Putin always being the opportunist sees the potential of an a pro-Russian Israel as a means to extend his power into the Mediterranean. Nations do not have permanent friends, but permanent interests. Russia wants to dominate the eastern Mediterranean, Israel wants to survive as a nation. Both nation’s interest are coinciding and the growing ties are a result.