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Russia offers to help Israel Develop Gas fields

by Phantom Ace ( 101 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Energy, Israel, Russia at April 8th, 2016 - 7:00 am

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.

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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.

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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.

 

St. Pancake Day & Israel Votes OOT

by Macker ( 107 Comments › )
Filed under Gaza, Hamas, History, IDF, Israel, OOT, Palestinians at March 16th, 2015 - 10:00 pm

This one’s a two-fer. During the time this thread up, Israel will begin to Vote.
But first, did YOU have your Pancakes today to commemorate St. Pancake Day?!

Then, voting for the Israeli Knesset begins at 0700 hours Israel Standard Time, and continues until 2200. Let us hope and pray Israel makes the Right decision.

GO BIBI!

PM Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

by Macker ( 193 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Iran, Israel, Judaism, Terrorism at March 3rd, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Here’s the Transcript (Thanks lobo!).
And here’s the speech!

WE STAND WITH ISRAEL!

Obama angry over lack of Israeli support on Ukraine

by Mojambo ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Chechnya, Headlines, Iran, Israel, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Russia, Ukraine at April 28th, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Israel should keep out of it!

by Daniel Greenfield

The source of the article is Haaretz, a left-wing paper in Israel that tries to play up “crises” with the US in order to undermine Netanyahu.

So its credibility in this case is weak.

Still Israel is probably not too enthusiastic about jumping in on the conflict, considering that Kerry just blamed Israel for the collapse of peace talk, the history of the Holocaust and its general lack of escalating foreign geopolitical conflicts. Or to put it another way, Israel isn’t a world power and isn’t trying to be one.

In this respect, the present dilemma is reminiscent of the last, at the end of the 1990s, when Washington naturally expected support from client states like Israel for its anti-Serbian Balkans policy – and found the Israeli foreign minister, Ariel Sharon, much less than enthusiastic. This happened despite Prime Minister Netanyahu’s repeated urgings that Israel broadcast its support for its patron.

Considering that Clinton was working to overthrow Netanyahu, and eventually succeeded, a lack of enthusiasm was not surprising. Sharon was somewhat blunter about it.

You can’t expect support from a government that you’re busy undermining.

Israeli policy is driven by its own security interests and does not need to be identical to that of the U.S., a senior defense official said Sunday in response to Haaretz’s report that White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

Obama Inc. has been building up a great deal of anger over Israel long before it was even in office.

 White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

The Israeli government does not. But unfortunately both sets of relations are basically hostile.

This follows multiple paragraphs claiming that Israel abstained from the UN vote on Crimea due to its support for
Russia when in fact its diplomats were on strike.

(Yes, that happens in Israel.)

According to the Israeli official, in response to U.S. inquiries Israel attributed its absence at the vote to the strike by the Foreign Ministry’s employees. The White House and the State Department found the explanation wanting, especially in light of the lack of advanced notice from Jerusalem.

If the State Department had been paying attention to events in Israel not involving new housing, it wouldn’t have needed advanced notice for a major story. Does no one at Foggy Bottom read the Jerusalem Post?

Adding more fuel to the flames in Washington were public remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in which they maintained their “neutrality” and failed to back up the United States.

“We have good and trusting relations with the Americans and the Russians, and our experience has been very positive with both sides. So I don’t understand the idea that Israel has to get mired in this,” Lieberman told Israel’s Channel 9 television when asked about the Ukraine crisis.

When White House and State Department officials read these comments, they nearly went crazy. They were particularly incensed by Lieberman’s mentioning Israel’s relations with the United States and with Russia in the same breath, giving them equal weight.

Tellingly, Haaretz does not quote the supposed Netanyahu neutrality statement. Lieberman has extensive connections in Russia and his party depends on a Russian vote so his views are not terribly surprising.

They also don’t particularly matter. It’s like getting angry about something that Biden says.

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So yes, Israel is making a show of cutting ties. Probably more of one than D.C. is.

Israel’s relations with Russia have consisted largely of empty diplomatic gestures and appeasement, surrendering territory to Russia. Israel certainly hasn’t gotten anything out of it and unlike China, there’s no point to the relationship. Russia is going to keep on backing Iran and assorted terrorists because it’s playing a larger war game with the West. Israel has no way of opting out of that game.

But neither does Israel have any incentive for tagging along on foreign policy after Obama has given the green light to Iran’s nuclear program and after Kerry blamed Israel for the collapse of the peace process.

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