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Back in the USSR

Today's anti-democratic glue is apparently better than the glue of Slavic identity that formed the "Warsaw Pact" because it is a world view and a cultural perspective.
Many countries in the world compare the behavior of the bloc under Russian leadership to the conduct of the West under United States' leadership and conclude: The United States betrays her friends and abandons them, while Russia is faithful to her friends and defends them.

Many countries in the world compare the behavior of the bloc under Russian leadership to the conduct of the West under United States' leadership and conclude: The United States betrays her friends and abandons them, while Russia is faithful to her friends and defends them.

The world is divided into two blocs today, one – the Western – tired, exhausted, divided, without leadership, lacking an agenda and not wanting to use its power. The other – the Russian – fresh, strong, with defined goals and a powerful leader, using its power any time its interests are endangered. Israel belongs to the weak, losing Western, side, which you cannot at all depend on supporting you in the hour of peril. Israel must prepare for the pressures that will come from the allies, because they are sniffing the aroma of “peace in our time” that the Syrian agreement has brought, and they might also try to impose agreements between Middle Eastern states to divest themselves of unconventional weapons on Israel as well.

Israel must set the record straight with the White House, with Congress and with its many friends mainly among the Jews and Christian Evangelists. Political correctness must not squelch Israel’s criticism of the measures taken by the United States in the region, and Israel must develop a network of connections – even if covertly – with the states of the Middle East who see eye to eye with it regarding the regional threats.

But first and foremost the leadership of Israel must speak with the people about the actual international situation in which Israel finds itself. It is the citizens of Israel who will pay the price of the decline in international standing of the coalition that we belong to, and therefore it is our right, as citizens, to hold our leaders to strategic accountability. I don’t mean to say that the leaders must share military or intelligence secrets with the public, Heaven forbid. This must remain the province of as few people as possible. I mean that for quite a long time we have not heard our prime minister give us an overview of Israel’s strategic situation because the challenges that we may be presented with in the future may be greater and more severe than any that Israel has faced in the 65 years of its existence.

A joyous holiday to all the children of Israel.
Translated from Hebrew by Sally Zahav with permission from the author.

About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.


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3 Responses to “Back in the USSR”

  1. So Russia with the one hand tries to make a deal so the west won’t bomb Assad and while people try to get on board with them, they stab the west in the back by making a deal with Iran to supply S-300‘s. The issue is that they are forgetting that if Russia starts to send S-300‘s to Iran; Israel at the very least will likely attack the shipments. It’s not just the US that won’t like that sale. That could be the trigger that sets this whole thing off and in a big way. Russia simply should not take this action, BUT they are and I really doubt that they will pull back from it. The clock is ticking down in the Middle East. It just seems that we have no shortage of bad decisions built upon the dried bones of former bad decisions. As Iran looks to avoid getting their nuclear program bombed, they buy weapons that will almost certainly result in military conflict, and Russia who people just stated were brilliant political chess players just turned over the chess board. Perhaps the players don’t understand that this is NOT a game of chess! I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  2. Eric Here says:

    STRANGE YOU NEVER MENTIONED THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE USA AND THE WORLD STAND AGAINST WAR WITH SYRIA ALSO IF YOUR GOING TO MENTION RUSSIA DEFENDING THE LIKES OF IRAN YOU SHOULD ALSO MENTION THE USA'S DEFENSE OF ISRAEL JUST SAYING YOUR OWN REGIME IS FAR WORST THAN THAT OF IRAN

  3. I commented once, if I remember when Kerry went to Russia to speack with Putin and Kerry waited many hours to be attented by Putin, than later Netanyahu went to Russia to speack with Putin and Putin recived Netanyahu effusively, and I have comented that it is time that Israel should approuch more to Russia, becouse the Obama goverment is not to trustworthy, I think it is time to have better relations with Russia becouse in Israel much russians with familyes tyes in Russia.
    I am against that the US get involved in the syrian civil war.

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