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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meet in the Kremlin, Nov. 20, 2013.

Therefore, whenever a man or a country is wicked, however good they may temporarily be to the Jews, the friendship will not last. They will eventually turn on the Jews since our mission is to spread morality. And can we really support dictators who are our friends if they are murderous and immoral? Does that not contravene everything we are about?

Can the Jewish community befriend a man who is the shield who protects mass murderer Bashar Assad who gasses innocent Arab children? Can we have any relationship with a man that facilitates such evil?

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Take a closer look and you will see that not only is Putin not the friend to Israel we think he is, but he is actually a huge danger. Who is the biggest international defender of Iran at the UN? Putin’s Russia.

Moreover, in 2012 Putin had deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov warn Israel against “any possible military scenario against Iran” which he threatened would be “catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations. Therefore I hope Israel understands all these consequences … and they should also consider the consequences of such action for themselves.”

Some friend.Russia has also called the international sanctions against Iran “overt blackmail” and a “crude contradiction of international law.”

In September, 2013, The Daily Mail quoted a Kremlin source as saying that Vladimir Putin was preparing to offer Iran “missile systems and a second nuclear reactor… If it goes ahead Iran will be supplied with five advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, capable of taking down aircraft or guided missiles, valued at $800million.”

With Iran threatening to wipe Israel off the map one can only wonder why Putin, the great friend of the Jews, is protecting Iran’s nuclear program and arming Iran with advanced weapons systems.

The answer, of course, is that Vladimir Putin has no friends. He is your typical narcissistic, megalomaniacal dictator who will cultivate friendships that burnish his image. And for now it suits his purposes to feign attachment to the Jews.

As to Chabad of Russia’s friendship with Putin, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made it clear that Russia had stolen the celebrated “Schneerson Library” accumulated by successive Chabad leaders. He had the movement launch lawsuits and use every diplomatic connection to retrieve the stolen archive from Russia. Putin has categorically refused to return it, offering to exhibit it in the Jewish museum in Moscow instead. How some in Chabad have accepted this “deal,” given the Rebbe’s ferocious protests to the contrary, continues to mystify.

Always beware friendship with a dictator. When he falls, righteous people will point fingers. And you really don’t want to be around.

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52 COMMENTS

  1. no i dont think he does support iran or any other arab country i think he has been aiming to stop obama in his tracks from everything that i have seen and read the reason obama and putin has been battling it our is over terrorisim i have not seen him yet support terrorism but i have seen obama do it

  2. no i dont think he does support iran or any other arab country i think he has been aiming to stop obama in his tracks from everything that i have seen and read the reason obama and putin has been battling it our is over terrorisim i have not seen him yet support terrorism but i have seen obama do it

  3. no i dont think he does support iran or any other arab country i think he has been aiming to stop obama in his tracks from everything that i have seen and read the reason obama and putin has been battling it our is over terrorisim i have not seen him yet support terrorism but i have seen obama do it

  4. Considering the story about Pussy Riot and the chicken I guess those gynecological examinations might have been warranted.If this is a measure of Putin s evil it comes out just as embarrasingly lame.

  5. Rabbi Boteach,
    What has doing business with Apartheid South Afrika or Putin’s Russia to do with support of the respective political positions or system. Business is just business and business is about nothing else but making money. If you want Israel to follow a moral standard in doing business with other states, then Israel can do business with none of them.

  6. Rabbi Boteach,
    What has doing business with Apartheid South Afrika or Putin's Russia to do with support of the respective political positions or system. Business is just business and business is about nothing else but making money. If you want Israel to follow a moral standard in doing business with other states, then Israel can do business with none of them.

  7. If Israel still can, Israel has to hit Iran’s nuke weapons program. This has to be done yesterday.

    If this can be done effectively – and I define “effectively” as setting them back at least five years – then things will sort out as to who Israel’s “friends” are in the world.

    I don’t trust either Putin or Obama as far as I can throw them. I’d trust the Chinese before either of them…at least the Chinese aren’t anti-Semites! But even China is in bed with Iran.

    So, Israel has to look first to defending herself. This, if effectively carried out in Iran’s case, will earn the world’s respect. And whomever doesn’t like it – Obama, Putin, etc. – they can just go fly a kite.

    The world respects strength and resolve. Israeli leaders must show this, particularly concerning Iran. Then, the rest will sort itself out.

  8. If Israel still can, Israel has to hit Iran's nuke weapons program. This has to be done yesterday.

    If this can be done effectively – and I define "effectively" as setting them back at least five years – then things will sort out as to who Israel's "friends" are in the world.

    I don't trust either Putin or Obama as far as I can throw them. I'd trust the Chinese before either of them…at least the Chinese aren't anti-Semites! But even China is in bed with Iran.

    So, Israel has to look first to defending herself. This, if effectively carried out in Iran's case, will earn the world's respect. And whomever doesn't like it – Obama, Putin, etc. – they can just go fly a kite.

    The world respects strength and resolve. Israeli leaders must show this, particularly concerning Iran. Then, the rest will sort itself out.

  9. ‘America’s Rabbi’ that is an oxymoron in a sense, any Jew would know why..I am a Soviet Jew but grew up in Australia, hence have Soviet and Western influence, to put it simply, thank God for the Soviet influence. Rabbi, I suggest this…teach American Jews (who assimilate the most) why American lifestyle contradicts the Torah..That would be more useful.

  10. Crimea always was part of Russia. Nikita Krustchev (an Ukrainian) gave Crimea to the Ukraine in 1954. I don’t understand the big deal. This tiny enclave is populated with an overwhelming ethnic Russian population. They are entitled to choose whom to ally themselves with. To engage in a war of rhetoric that can ultimately end in either a cold war or worse a hot war is really not in the best interest of the US or the West. Just chill and let the Crimean people decide what’s best for them. As far as Poutine expansionist ideas are concerned, it’s just a wish that will not materialize. Could Belarus be next?

  11. 'America's Rabbi' that is an oxymoron in a sense, any Jew would know why..I am a Soviet Jew but grew up in Australia, hence have Soviet and Western influence, to put it simply, thank God for the Soviet influence. Rabbi, I suggest this…teach American Jews (who assimilate the most) why American lifestyle contradicts the Torah..That would be more useful.

  12. Crimea always was part of Russia. Nikita Krustchev (an Ukrainian) gave Crimea to the Ukraine in 1954. I don't understand the big deal. This tiny enclave is populated with an overwhelming ethnic Russian population. They are entitled to choose whom to ally themselves with. To engage in a war of rhetoric that can ultimately end in either a cold war or worse a hot war is really not in the best interest of the US or the West. Just chill and let the Crimean people decide what's best for them. As far as Poutine expansionist ideas are concerned, it's just a wish that will not materialize. Could Belarus be next?

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