[Marxism] Fwd: Russia and Israel cosy up over Syria | The Economist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 1 14:59:08 MDT 2015


While the United States remains Israel’s main strategic ally, despite a 
difficult personal relationship between Mr Netanyahu and President 
Barack Obama, Israel has been working hard in recent years at 
diversifying its alliances. It has courted not only Mr Putin, but the 
leaders of other regional powers including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and 
farther afield the prime ministers of India and Japan. As America’s 
influence in the Middle East declines, this should serve Israel well.

“The last thing Putin needs now is a fight with Israel, he’s too busy 
scoring points against the Americans,” says Zvi Magen, a former Israeli 
ambassador to Moscow. “Israel made clear to him that we have no real 
problem with Assad, just with Iran and Hizbullah, and that message was 
understood.”

full: 
http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21669563-though-opposite-sides-syrian-conflict-binyamin-netanyahu-and-vladimir-putin-agree



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