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“In the Middle East, the image is that Obama is not a trustworthy ally,” he added.

Abraham Diskin, an emeritus political science professor at the Hebrew University, said Putin should be the weaker party in the conflict with Obama over Ukraine but is emerging triumphant.

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“Putin is definitely a person who is by far weaker if you look at the resources of the Russian Federation and his military capabilities,” Diskin said. “He should be afraid to do what he is doing, but he is not because he is fighting paper tigers.”

Meanwhile, with nuclear talks set to resume, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has continued to advocate for a tougher posture on Iran. Last week, after Israeli forces seized a boat laden with Iranian-origin missiles headed for the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu said the shipment proved again that Iran is not trustworthy.

(JTA)

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