The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Israel lobby attempts to play Washington off against Moscow

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­By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 6, 2012

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Foundation for Defense of Democracies adjunct fellow Victoria Coates comments on the significance of the memorial to Soviet soldiers, dreamed up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that was unveiled during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Israel:

The most recent unexpected twist in the labyrinthine history of the Jewish people commemorated at Netanya may be an increasing rapprochement with the Russian strongman. Having survived so many attempts at extermination, however, the Jews know that they do not always have the luxury of choosing their friends. Given that Russia has significant leverage with both Syria and Iran, while the United States appears to have none, it may seem only prudent to celebrate an example of Russian-Israeli friendship at this juncture. Certainly Israel would prefer to ally with the successor to Washington, Lincoln and Reagan than with a man who considers Joseph Stalin a hero and the break-up of the Soviet Union a catastrophe. The monument at Netanya does not mean the US.-Israel alliance is irrevocably broken. But it is a tangible reminder that we need to take the responsibilities of that relationship seriously, or risk ceding the rights to another—and decidedly unfriendly—party.

Doesn’t this sound less like a friendly suggestion than a thinly-veiled threat? If you don’t give us what we want, Tel Aviv appears to be intimating to Washington, we have other options.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

July 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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  1. Israel buttering up Putin: hardly surprising.

    More surprising would be if he actually considered an alliance with them a good idea. I think he is trying to play a more even handed approach to the situation and portray himself and Russia as more sensible and balanced leadership when it comes to international affairs, which isn’t dificult when compared to subservient western puppets and their ‘Israeli’ masters.

    Of course, the Israelis aren’t interested in even-handedness and they don’t like ‘friends’ putting the national interest before Israeli interest so they continue the attacks on him through their friends in the media while, similar to what they did with the US, portraying potential alliances between the two nations as being mutually beneficial. I notice the Russians have passed a new bill requiring foreign-funded NGOs to register as foreign agents which no doubt, the Israelis will not be too happy about lol.


    July 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  2. I broadly agree with your analysis, Osiris. As unlikely as it may seem now, there is reason to believe that the ultimate Israeli/Zionist goal is to forge a NATO/Russian strategic alliance against radical Islam in an updated “Clash of Civilizations” narrative.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    July 7, 2012 at 4:48 am

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