[Marxism] Fwd: Can Israel benefit from sheriff Putin policing the Middle East? | The Times of Israel

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Oct 14 19:49:59 MDT 2015

The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid bare 
Moscow’s readiness to use force to punish leaders who would challenge 
its authority — as in Ukraine, from which it annexed Crimea in March 
2014 — and to defend its strategic allies, like Syria’s embattled 
president, Bashar Assad.

During the Cold War, Kremlin intervention generally meant bad news for 
Jews, who were second-class citizens, of sorts, in the Soviet Union — 
and for Israel, which the USSR regarded as an extension of its American 
rival. But observers of Russia’s current bid for greater influence in 
the Middle East say it may be a boon for Israel, which has strived in 
recent years to stay on the good side of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The main risk for Israel is not Assad but chaos” amid Syria’s bloody 
civil war of the past four-plus years, Ksenia Svetlova, a Moscow-born 
Israeli Labor party lawmaker, told JTA. “If the Russian deployment 
prevents it, then it can be a positive development.”


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