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Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Times of Israel

These autumn days are the most important in the Middle East calendar. The Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice; the Jews fast at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement; and the Eastern Orthodox Christians rejoice at Nativity of Our Lady Mary. It appears, surprisingly, the best place to be at this time is Moscow, where Putin received in quick succession the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Turkish ruler Recep Erdogan.

They did not come for the lovely Indian summer that blessed Moscow this week, not for the yellow and red leaves covering the maple and birch trees, though this sumptuous new Xanadu is quite fetching this time of the year; its streets refashioned at enormous expense, parks tended by best gardeners; bicycle paths and sidewalks repaved and even its feared traffic jams abated somewhat.

Ostensibly, Abbas and Erdogan came to unveil, together with Putin, the grand new Cathedral Mosque of Moscow, a vast and opulent structure where ten thousand worshippers can pray at once. This city has more Muslims than many a Muslim city has; about two millions of its 14 million dwellers are nominal Muslims.

They unveiled the mosque all right, and used this occasion for a good lengthy talk with Putin. So did Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, who gave a miss to the mosque. And he came with his top brass: the head of staff and the head of military intelligence, after a long-time no-see.

This sudden interest to Moscow is a sign that the Russian entry into the Syrian fray has been playing to a full house. When, some three weeks ago I reported on this decision of Kremlin, my report was met with great doubt, to say the least. Could it be that Russia, after being licked in the Ukraine, will venture that far from home? They were supposed to sulk in the Kremlin under the heavy load of sanctions, not roam around. Now the facts on the ground had justified my previous report. Russian soldiers and marines, Russian weapons, jets and boats are seen on the shore; they are building a new base and fighting the enemy, giving a new lease of life to the embattled Syrian state.

The rumours of Russian demise and of Syrian collapse has been somewhat premature. Putin’s push for peace in the Ukraine (so condemned by hotheads) allowed him to stabilise Donbass. Half a million refugees poured back into this fertile and developed region, the Russian Ruhr. After calm in Donbass was established, Putin’s hands were free to act elsewhere, and he did.

Resilient Russia came back into the Middle East, and that’s an unexpected fact. Unexpected, as for a few years it seemed that the Russians lost interest in the Middle East. They were busy elsewhere: trying to make friends with Europe, staging the Olympics, and then keeping out of the Ukrainian trouble as much as they could. And then the US troops and tanks were stationed on the Russian border in the Baltic states, a few hours’ drive to St Petersburg. Only in the last moment, when the Syrian collapse seemed a matter of weeks if not days away, the Russians woke up and rode to save their ally Bashar al-Assad.

This move has changed the rules of the game. The US became interested in Russia again, and President Obama asked for a meeting with President Putin during his visit on September 28, 2015 to New York for the UN General Assembly Jubilee 70th Session. Just a few days ago such a meeting was completely out of consideration.

The US plans to dispose of Syria as they find fit were thrown to disarray by the Russian involvement. So were plans of Qatar and the Saudis. A new reality began to be informed, not a moment too early.

Turkey

Putin’s meeting with Recep Erdogan of Turkey came in a crucial moment. Turkey is a net victim of the Syrian crisis, despite being a contributor to its gravity. Erdogan believed the Americans and the Europeans who told him that Bashar Assad will fall in a few weeks. He accepted and invited Syrian refugees to his country, established huge camps for refugees, provided for them. Now Turkey has 2 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees and has spent eight billion dollars caring for them. This burden is a main reason for recent electoral defeat of Erdogan and his party: the refugee operation is just too costly and ruinous for the not-too-robust Turkish society.

The US proposal for Turkey to join the US-led coalition has been hesitantly accepted, but quickly it became clear that this road leads nowhere. The Turkish plans to establish a no-fly zone near the Syrian-Turkish border triggered the Russian involvement, for after its implementation, Bashar Assad and the Syrian state would be beyond saving. After the Russian decision, the Turks lost any way out.

They reacted by letting loose the wave of refugees upon Europe. The Europeans were rather upset, but they have to regret their own actions. They pushed for removal of Bashar Assad, supported anti-Assad fractions, and did not want to pay for the refugee stay in Turkey. The Turks could not keep all two million refugees pent up in their country without considerable support of Europe, and such support was not forthcoming. So the Turks allowed the Europeans to feel the stream of refugees on their own skin.

Probably we can add that the US did not object to the Turkish letting off the steam. The US ruling elites always thought that European countries are too homogeneous, and some dilution by immigrants will make them more similar to the US in their composition.

While in Moscow, President Erdogan called President Putin his “dear brother”, a title usually reserved to the kings of the region and close allies. His officials for the first time ever mouthed the main idea of Putin: any arrangement in Syria should be made with President Bashar Assad. Please remember that even a few days ago, before the Russians stepped in, the Turks were adamantly sticking to the American mantra “Assad must go”.

Now this important mental barrier was taken; Erdogan and Putin renewed their discussion of the South Stream gas pipeline that was frozen for a few months. The negotiations weren’t completed, but it seems that things began moving.

Israelis and Palestinians

For Israel the Russian involvement meant that their old freedom of bombing whomever they feel like is over, or at least has been restricted. It is one thing to bomb practically defenceless Syrians, as Israelis did a dozen times for last year, and quite a different thing to operate jets within lidless eyesight of the S-300 radar and Su-27 interceptors with the Russian aces in the cockpits. That’s why Netanyahu took himself to Moscow on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Netanyahu came to deliver an ultimatum of his own. The Russians, and their allies, Assad, Iran and Hezbollah have to choose whether they intend to save Bashar Assad or to fight Israel. Both missions can’t be accomplished. If they fight Israel, Israel will destroy Assad.

Putin said that they do not intend to fight Israel. Assad is in such a poor shape that he can’t fight Israel. Even saving him alone is hard enough as he controls between 20% and 30% of the national territory, though it is most populated part of Syria, while the rest of the territory is mainly desert.

Netanyahu claimed his freedom to bomb Iranians and Hezbollah wherever it suits him. He is still obsessed with Iran, as Iranians, in his view, re-arm Hezbollah, modernise Hezbollah’s weaponry, and plan to open a second front against Israel on the Golan Heights. While first two claims may be true, the third one is a sheer invention.

Netanyahu is worried that the advanced Russian weapons may find its way to Lebanon, and this will limit Israel’s God-given right to bomb Lebanon. The Russians do not want their advanced weapons to leak out of Syria, either, so there is no great disagreement between them and the Israelis. However, while Israelis say such leakage occurs, the Russians deny that vehemently. Now, and at their previous encounter, the Israeli leader claimed he knows (“trust me!”) that the most advanced Russian weapons found its way to Lebanon, while Putin dismissed the claim as an unproven one.

It seems that Netanyahu still smarts for a fight. The American president refused him his innocent wish to destroy Iran and made the agreement with his archenemy. Even worse, as we learned from his former Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Netanyahu’s generals also rebelled against Bibi’s plans to attack Iran. But Netanyahu does not give up. He seeks to destroy Iran or at least Hezbollah, the most potent fighting force in the area.

Israel is much stronger than Hezbollah, and it has no reason to be afraid of Hezbollah’s attack. If Israel does not attack, nobody attacks Israel. But this MAD-like equation is not acceptable for Netanyahu: he seeks immunity and impunity for his strikes. Hezbollah denies him this impunity and can demand a heavy price for a new bombing campaign.

A Hotline

At Netanyahu’s request, the Russians and the Israelis agreed to establish a hotline between their militaries in order to minimise the chance of their hostile encounter. This is a normal practice: such a hotline functioned in 1974 between warring Israel and Egypt during the cease-fire so a local shoot-out will not escalate into an unwanted general conflagration.

This is not cooperation, not joint planning, not an arrangement between the allies. Just a device to prevent unwanted firefights. And it is a good thing. Israel and Russia can’t be allies: they pursue mutually opposing aims and their allies are quite different. Israel befriended Jabhat an Nusra, a Syrian branch of al Qaeda, an extremist Sunni group. Two thousand Nusra fighters received medical treatment in Israel and returned to fight Assad. Israel is moderately hostile to Bashar Assad, bombed the Syrian Army’s positions and attacked their bases with the help of the Nusra. Israel is implacably hostile to Russia’s allies in Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, and is quite indifferent to Da’esh (ISIS). That’s why the talk of Russian-Israeli alliance in Syria is just an attempt to mislead you.

However, President Putin is very friendly to Israel and to Jews. His friendship will not cause him to surrender Syria or to break up with Iran, but even the greatest friend of Israel on this planet, the US, is mindful of its own interests. At many occasions Putin promised to save the Jews if things will go utterly wrong for them. It seems he has in mind a mass evacuation of Israeli Jews to Russia as the last resort, like Russia did for the Polish Jews in 1939 thus saving millions of them from the Nazi fury. Needless to say we are very far away from such an apocalyptic scenario.

It seems Putin has some close personal friends among the Russians in Israel, for he often stresses that the 1.5 million strong Russian community in Israel (actually, about 0.5 million at the best) is the bridge and the guarantee of their friendship. He made a generous present of some 5 billion roubles (90 million dollars) per annum to the Russian Jews in Israel for their pension fund. (The US gives much more, but mainly for weapons, and it goes to Israeli generals).

Putin received Netanyahu warmly, as his old-time friend. So was Netanyahu, who indicated that he is tired of Americans. Putin did not take this ball: he did not believe Netanyahu is likely to ditch the US and run away with the Russkies to the hayloft. But both enthused in their friendly vibes. Putin wished Bibi to be inscribed in the Book of Life, showing an unexpected knowledge of Jewish customs.

Putin and Jews

Putin is so friendly with the Jews in Russia that the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the Russian Jews never had it that good. He allows the Chabad Hassids to build anew the Jewish community in Russia, as the old one disintegrated after mass emigration to Israel and as a result of assimilation and intermarriage. In Moscow alone, they build thirty synagogues (comparing with just two mosques and some three hundred churches), though there are just a few hundred synagogue-going Jews in the whole of Moscow, at best.

The Chabad imports Jewish families from Israel, from the US and from Europe, and they are frequently seen around town in their distinctive garb. It remains to be seen whether they plan to establish a new Jewish community, or use it for a big-time real estate grab, as some people claim. Practically in every Russian city there is a synagogue and a community centre on the most desirable and expensive plot of land established and run by the Chabad, while traditional Jewish communities were dispossessed by the Chabad and disappeared.

Is Putin so Jews-friendly because he thinks it is a good strategy? Perhaps. Even now he is often described in the Western media as a new Hitler, how much worse it would be if the Jews in Russia or Israel would consider him an enemy. On the other hand, he can be sincere, as he read law in St Petersburg U and had had many Jewish friends. He also worked with the mayor of St Petersburg who had many Jews in his entourage. His choice of Chabad is not so easy to justify, but perhaps they were prepared to build Jewish life while staying away from politics.

Judo Master

His good relations with Netanyahu cause him no harm, either. Netanyahu is still a very powerful man, able to summon a majority in the US Senate, and an ally of Saudi Arabia, the strongman of the Arab world. Putin’s manners are non-confrontational; a Judo master, he does not argue with his opponent, rarely voices his disagreement. Thus he agreed with Netanyahu’s proposal of the hotline, or a joint commission of the military. I doubt this commission will be fruitful. If Bibi will forewarn the Russians of his planned attacks on the Syrian positions, the attacks will be useless; still the commission and the hotline will reduce the danger of unintentional confrontation.

Almost immediately after meeting with Netanyahu, Putin also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. This meeting was also very friendly. Abbas told him of the trouble around Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where Jewish religious fanatics play havoc and cause confrontations. He mentioned the seizure of Christian lands near Beit Jalla and other multiple troubles, including new Israeli licence to shoot Palestinian children with live fire of 0.22 calibre. Abbas encouraged Putin to save Syria from disintegration, and heard Putin’s explanation of Russian plans. It appears that Mahmoud Abbas will not retire and return the keys of the PNA at the UN General Assembly in a few days, as some observers expected, though this is not final yet.

This double meeting raised the Russian diplomacy to a new level. Until now, only American presidents were able to meet both Israeli and Palestinians in a friendly way and extend their patronage. Now Russia graduated to this supreme position, and that is certainly a great achievement of Putin, already justifying his decision to engage in Syria.

In the follow up, we shall deal with Russian-American discussion of Syrian crisis and see what they say to each other.

Israel Shamir can be reached on adam@israelshamir.net

This article was published first at The Unz Review

 
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  1. Israel,
    This is a brilliant piece – it is quite evident that you have a superiour insight, quite likely on account of your close contacts, regarding Russian internal matters as well as its international stance. I have been following the analysis of a few writers and its clear enough thus far, that you have bested all.

    Bibi is not about to give up his quest to at least destroy Hezbollah, the coveted prize needless to say, being Teheran. As always, that objective is a function of how obliging the POTUS is going to be. Obama is doing all in his power to secure its impossibility, as Rubio or Fiorina will likely wax lyrical at the prospect and offer up Air Force One for Bibi to employ as his aerial main command. I am not sure about Hillary or the Donald or even Bush.

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  2. Excellent! I look forward to your next post.

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  3. For me the evil US Empire is hellbent on establishing their puppet dictatorship/
    leader in Syria, so the real question therefore is how far Putin will go in Syria ? And if Syria falls, then Hezbollah is fucked. The US knows it, Israel knows it, and I think Putin knows it too and that’s why he recently reacted in Syria.

    Sure Putin has engaged with early support for Assad, but that is currently no way near enough to remove the jihadi threat in Syria.

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  4. SOME ARE BORN GREAT, SOME ACHIEVE GREATNESS, SOME HAVE GREATNESS THRUST UPON THEM–LIKE PUTIN.

    Thanks for the great article, Sir Shamir. You have summed up things well. I would just like to add 2 points:

    1. Chabad: The Russian public should be warned that Chabad is a criminal cult according to other Judaists. They have started a website warning the public,such as:

    http://www.chabad-mafia.com/

    Also see: “Is Chabad a Racist Criminal Terrorist Jewish Cult?” at:

    http://www.henrymakow.com/chabad.html

    2. The Judaists are supporting ISIS, treating them in their hospitals, to get rid of Assad with the aim of a Greater Israel. Once Syria falls to Israel, other countries will collapse to Israel’s terror (domino effect).

    Putin has no choice but to intervene to save Assad. Russian drones can annihilate ISIS and Syria and Iran can be armed with nuclear weapons and short range missiles aimed at Israel to thwart Israel’s ambitions and to achieve nuclear parity in the Middle East.

    Like Shakespeare said, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Putin has greatness thrust upon him–he must not shirk his responsibility. He must save Assad, which would mean saving the Middle East and even Russia and the world.

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  5. It seems he has in mind a mass evacuation of Israeli Jews to Russia as the last resort, like Russia did for the Polish Jews in 1939 thus saving millions of them from the Nazi fury. Needless to say we are very far away from such an apocalyptic scenario.

    say what?

    ————————————–

    How Joseph Stalin (Inadvertently) Saved Some Of Poland’s Jews
    By Palash Ghosh February 21 2013

    http://www.ibtimes.com/how-joseph-stalin-inadvertently-saved-some-polands-jews-1099571

    “On the whole, approximately 1.5 million Poles (including Jews) were deported to the Soviet Union.

    Many of the deported Polish Jews died in appalling conditions in Siberia, where they were forced to work excessive hours in extreme cold and little food.”

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  6. Israel Shamir may be starting to figure it out.

    He says:
    “It seems he has in mind a mass evacuation of Israeli Jews to Russia as the last resort, like Russia did for the Polish Jews in 1939 thus saving millions of them from the Nazi fury.”

    That is a revealing admission from a Jew, yet is also misinformation.

    - In 1939 the USSR invaded and seized 60% of Poland, which had the lions share of Polish Jews. War was declared on Germany by Britain & France for it’s part in taking western Poland (much of which was previously German land), predictably nothing was done against the communist Soviets.

    - Polish Jews, Baltic Jews, Ukraine Jews, western USSR Jews were certainly ‘evacuated’ deep into the USSR because Stalin wanted their very cheap labor for his armaments factories.
    see:
    “37 articles from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, between 1939 – 1945, about the Soviets
    evacuating up-to 1.8 million Jews deep into the Soviet Union, ‘saving them from the Nazis’ ”

    http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/soviets-evacuating-jews.html?zx=62b4913eeafcda7b

    - And of course, these evacuated Jews are falsely claimed to be ‘holocau$t’ victims.

    The claim that ‘Since Jews are no longer where they were means they were killed by the Germans‘ is a large part of The Big Lie nonsense.

    There was no ’6M & gas chambers’ and there is no proof.
    more here:

    http://forum.codoh.com

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  7. It is fair to admit that you were right about the Russian intervention in Syria. You really do have good sources in Moscow and it appears that Putin did not mind that his plans be broadcast ahead. He even consulted most participants in the conflict, thus disarming any claims of the Russian stealth in Syria. Smart, exceptionally smart. I can see now why you are so impressed by the guy, for being such unique judo-chess master.

    After Benjamin and Putin met, only Benjamin’s usual blaster came out whilst the Russians kept silent. Everybody was dying to know the exchange between the two. Because now I believe your sources, I also believe that your telling of the meeting is highly accurate. Also, your interpretation is true to the Christian Orthodox understanding and calmness, which you reflect into Putin’s behavior as well. Most Westerners would not understand this, it is totally foreign (this is why they are not Orthodox Christians). Personally, I could not be happier that Putin gives so much to the Jewish charities (and thank you for mentioning this, which I could never read in the Western media). It is the nut-case groups of individuals, the extremists in different religions who are creating all the trouble, but it just happens that the Jewish nut-cases (the neocons) have more money and human drones to cause most of the trouble in this World. Maybe this World would become a boringly good place without such followers of Mammon and Lucifer.

    Yet, I do not think that anyone could forgive the state of Israel if it did attack Iran. This is probably beyond the borderline for nuttiness. Maybe the World already got used to Israeli massacres of Palestinians (.22 calibre is allowed against children!?!), but Syria and Iran are over the red line. Israel may feel threatened by Iran as much as it likes, the World does not see it so and enough is enough. Therefore, regardless of what happens to the legacy of the single good thing Obama ever did, whichever crazy and corrupt mofo inherits the US presidency, the World has had enough of Israeli paranoia. No attack on Iran, full stop. If Israelis had any brains they would put their Nutty Yahoo in an asylum for the criminally insane instead of the Israeli premiership.

    Regarding Putin is Syria, well he did pick up a very opportune time to get involved, and what you did not mention, it appears together with Xi. Yes, it appears that the Chinese will send at least a token force together with the Russians. In another comment of mine, I wrote that Putin and Xi may be getting involved in Syria not only for the sake of a gas pipeline, or to protect the religious minorities, or only to stabilize the region which could blow up into a (nuclear) World War. I have put forward a theory that they also want to promote Eurasia as a problem solver, an alliance to wish to be a member of. In addition to creating this conflagration in the first place by arming and training terrorists, the “International Community” has been meddling in Syria for 4-5 years now and what is the result? Should we take the “success” of the previous Libyan intervention as a benchmark? Europe is now getting the full serving of “good results”. I know that many families in SE Europe just wish to hide refugees from the eyes of their children. The refugees are people who have had everything taken from them, many have lost family members, some where middle class and now they have nothing and feel like they are nothing. They are the human beings brought to the state of utter despair, prepared to do anything to survive. This is why no police or military action or walls (Hungary’s border wall) can stop them. It is not really a “flood of refugees” it is a flood of the ultimate human misery and despair. I imagine that people in concentration camps would behave similar – survival at any cost, especially when trying to save their children. Except for machine-guns and bombs, nothing can stop this flood. Thus, the Europeans are becoming as desperate to stop the flood as the refugees are to reach safety.

    Putin and Xi need Europe, no matter how old, sunken and decrepit. If the Americans and their satellites are creating but not solving problems whilst the Russians and the Chinese are solving, who do you think the Europe will turn to? The Euroasian Union really is a chance to revitalize the old lady, to give her a new youth, only if she could eject her American stupid and vicious master. Therefore, the Syrian gambit is now for the heart and mind of the old lady, if the newcomers to the conflict could solve the refugee problem etc. But I still say that this involvement is an extremely risky gambit by Putin. Can he and Xi do it?

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  8. There was almost zero talk of this Putin/Netanyahu meeting in the US media. This is a major deal, it is most important to what happens in the ME, it definitely impacts US policy – yet there is nothing in the media????

    The image of Netanyahu, hat in hand, begging Russia, does not fit in with the current hate big bad Russia propaganda of the Jew controlled MSM.

    Once again we Americans get the big silent lie treatment from the Jews. If the news goes counter to the Jew agenda – lie by withholding the truth.

    Once again the American people are screwed by the Jews. Once again we must act ignorant of the facts. How can we function as a democracy without the facts?

    Jew money means Jew control, which is destroying America.

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  9. The Zionists are manipulating both sides of the conflict, their powerbase is the Anglo-American sphere but Russia is too important to be left alone:

    Can’t get through a article in the NYT, without tripping over some zionists.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/world/europe/ukraine-turns-to-its-oligarchs-for-political-help.html?_r=0

    A pair of oligarchs:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Pinchuk

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ihor_Kolomoyskyi

    And the new Prime Minister, who claims to be Ukrainian Greek Catholic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseniy_Yatsenyuk

    And a kicker: The mayor of Kharkov, too:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennadiy_Kernes

    Who was for the Orange Revolution until he was against it, finding the way up the greasy pole easier by way of his pro-Russian, and Jewish, patron:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Dobkin

    It’s like a trail of breadcrumbs.

    As a reminder, the English translation of Solzhenitsyn’s “200 Years Together” book about the jewish role in the Bolshevik revolution and the creation of the Soviet Union never was published.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Hundred_Years_Together

    Hoo boy, Theresa Heinz’s husband is travelling to Kiev Tuesday to nail US prestige to an independent Ukraine.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.577502

    The Head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence (formerly know as KGB) is also a “Chosen One”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fradkov

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  10. Yep, you were right and your skeptics were wrong. Russia was indeed headed into Syria and now they’re there. What was it you said, you rely on information rather than calculation, or something like that?

    Anyways it’s a pleasure to read your work sir. Many of us wonder what’s going on with the intrigues at the highest levels, and what it all portends. For myself, I started p0sting here as a protest against what I considered an insane march towards WWIII. Syria and Russia were on the front lines of that war as they were the immediate obstacles to the hegemonic march of the Beast, who had so recently left Libya is smoking ruins and had set its sights on Damascus, only to be thwarted by Putin, and so they fomented the Maidan coup on his doorstep and John McBloodstain is still agitating to send weapons.

    Thank God it seems as tho it isn’t going to end up with nuclear weapons exchange unless the gorgon (Hillary) is elected or one of the mainstream GOPers. And Bibi gets his way after all. And speaking of Bibi getting his way, what sir is your take on the Golan Heights as regards all this strife? I’ve sort of wondered if that wasn’t the immediate endgame of the Likudniks with taking down Assad. (with the long term agenda as you mention, dominance of the region so they can bomb at will) Does the status of the Golan Heights play into this? Does Russia’s participation effect that at all? Does it matter?

    letting loose the wave of refugees upon Europe. The Europeans were rather upset, but they have to regret their own actions. They pushed for removal of Bashar Assad,

    But surly you see the Euros as stooges of the cabal running the US no? In my discussions with others on this matter I compared Merkel and Hollande to the ‘gimp’ in the box.

    The US is represented by the guy deciding who to bomb into the stone age next, and Merkel and Hollande are sitting there on the right

    http://pimpampret.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/bring_out_the_gimp.gif

    Anyways that’s how I see it. ; )

    The US ruling elites always thought that European countries are too homogeneous..

    yea, the “elites”. I get it ; )

    and you’re right of course. I was just talking to Sam about how our “elites” want to purge the world of some places that are too “homogeneous”.

    Anyways, it’s a pleasure to read your work Mr. Shamir.

    God bless and shalom

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  11. “And then the US troops and tanks were stationed on the Russian border in the Baltic states, a few hours’ drive to St Petersburg”.

    Alarming. But let’s not forget that the Wehrmacht was similarly positioned in 1941 – much good it did them. It wasn’t Moscow (or Leningrad) that ended in ruins.

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  12. Putin has a grudging respect for Jews because, like Israel, Russia is threatened by a growing and radical Muslim population within its borders.

    I’ve read that Putin has enormous respect for Israel’s anti-terrorism forces and he genuinely wants to foster strong ties between Russia and Russian-speaking Jews in Israel.

    Putin also detests Assad but supports him because as bad as Assad is at least he’s secular.

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  13. Putin still plays an old school political gamesmanship. Makes me miss when actual alpha males ran the U.S. Turkey would be better suited turning it’s fortunes eastward. Palestine really has no other choice but to seek Putin’s favor. Israel’s Netanyahu is the intriguing visited.

    KBG Putin in theory must feel some sort of kinship to the Zionists, but does he really? Zionists were instrumental in both the Bolshevik revolution and Stalin’s regime. The flipside is they were responsible for a lot of Russian deaths and the purging of the church. I have often wonder what happens if someone like Putin chooses to be friend of the Jews over that of the Zionists. Seems to me actual Judaism is the Achilles heel of Zionism. The intrigue of it all.

    Then there is poor Israel. (Can’t believe I typed that.) If they are forced to remain in their borders with their current population growth, they are likely to run out of things like water. I might be a dumb farmer, but I know enough to claim squatter rights on a Mediterranean desert. However it is good for vacation proberty.

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  14. Hello Kiza,

    Great post as usual.

    (.22 calibre is allowed against children!?!)

    only if they look like they might throw a rock, or could if they wanted to

    Israel may feel threatened by Iran as much as it likes, the World does not see it so and enough is enough

    Israel doesn’t and never did feel threatened. It isn’t because they feel threatened by a country that they want it bombed into the stone age, but rather it’s because they feel the need to dominate everyone. Like an insecure alpha baboon they have an ape-like imperative to glower at their neighbors and make sure they lower their eyes and act submissive. Iran isn’t doing that, so they’re a “threat” (that America has to destroy).

    the Europeans are becoming as desperate to stop the flood as the refugees are to reach safety.

    yep

    Europe, no matter how old, sunken and decrepit.

    you’re not to fond of Europe (or Europeans) are ya?

    Therefore, the Syrian gambit is now for the heart and mind of the old lady,

    Europe has to become increasingly Middle Eastern in character and ethnicity in order to save her heart and mind? Hmm.

    The solution to the crisis is for stability to return to the region and the refugees to return to their homes, and in the mean time for the world, including Europe, to find temporary relief for these tragic victims of Zionist treachery. But some people would advocate that this is an opportunistic opportunity to inundate Europe with non-Europeans and force a proximity + diversity = war.

    Don’t you get that?

    Europe is not as spiritually dead (and old, sunken and decrepit) as some people would like to think. I’ve seen what forced diversity does, and I don’t understand why some people advocate it. Unless it’s because they harbor a visceral and deep hatred for the nations and people targeted for the forced diversity.

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  15. The homo Kenyan Foriegner will use his limp-wrist pink sash Kung Fu technique to drive Conservative Orthodox Christian Vladimir Putin out of Syria.

    If this doesn’t work…the homo Kenyan Foriegner will send in the US Navy….A GLOBAL FORCE OF GLOBAL HOMO PEDOPHILE FILTH!!!!!…led by Bruised-Rear-End-Admiral Liberace in a pink sequin gown with glittering rhinestones in a white wine sauce(apparently the US Navy has a cannibalism problem also…)

    The USS Ronnie Reagan celebrates GAY PRIDE WEEK with a giant pink cake with frosted “GAY PRIDE WEEK” emblazoned on top…attendance is mandatory!!!

    On the other hand…The Russian Navy’s Spiritual Home is the Conservative Orthodox Christian Russian Church.

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  16. Israel will do to Russia what they have done to the US.

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  17. Sherman:

    You’ve made, I think, two doubtful statements:

    “I’ve read that Putin has enormous respect for Israel’s anti-terrorism forces and he genuinely wants to foster strong ties between Russia and Russian-speaking Jews in Israel.

    Putin also detests Assad but supports him because as bad as Assad is at least he’s secular.”

    If you have citations for this I would appreciate it very much.

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  18. THE SUN NEVER SETS ON THE JEWISH EMPIRE.

    Thanks for the interesting links, Amelekite. Good job! This proves that the Judaists own and operate Ukraine too and still have a lot of power and control in Russia.

    So the Judaists control all 3 branches of the govt. and the media in USA, UK, France, Germany, and have much power in Ukraine, Russia. And, Israel, of course, is theirs. Even the new Australian PM brags that he has Jewish roots, all the way to the East (after the previous good one who fought somewhat against immigration was “ousted”—won’t be surprised if there is a Jewish hand here too).

    “Australia’s New PM: A Progressive Who Claims Jewish Roots” “Turnbull says that though he is not a member of the community, he does feel like a ‘good friend’, and has voiced support for Israel in the past.” He talks in Yiddish, too:

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.675991#!

    Almost all white countries are under Jewish control.

    I think the 20th and 21st centuries can be described by this sentence: THE SUN NEVER SETS ON THE JEWISH EMPIRE.

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  19. Jews have all this power and you’re just a loser posting crap on the internet all day.

    Frustrating, isn’t it?

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  20. “Jew money means Jew control, which is destroying America.”

    And I would add that it is destroying Germany too. Am I the only one to have noticed the confluence of 1) the Muslim hordes invading Germany and 2) the expose of Volkswagen GMBH which might actually have provided employment for some of the horde? I have no proof, but I’ll bet that whoever blew the VW whistle was one of the Chosen. To bring Germany to its knees has long been the dream of ardent Zionists.

    Additionally, for Muslim military age males to have been decamped to Europe makes it easier for the creation of eretz-Israel.

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  21. A great piece of writing, thank you.

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  23. The most interesting meeting is coming up – Putin/Obama.

    Is Putin going to offer Obama a deal he cannot refuse – “Barack, let’s fight ISIS together.” Can Obama say NO to that?

    The facts are clear – ISIS is the great evil in Syria – not Assad. If ISIS wins there will be a great bloodbath – not so with Assad. The people of Syria would not chose ISIS – they would be glad to have Assad back. Russia is giving them that option. Whereas whoever the Zionists and Wahhabists would install will be far worst for most of the Syrian people.

    On no moral grounds could Obama say NO to Putin. What is going to happen, are the neocon Zionists going to rule over US foreign policy again – is America going to be humiliated again supporting the bad guys? Is the Jew MSM going to manipulate the American people again – are the Jews going to pull the wool over our eyes again?

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  24. Threat, maybe, but having committed Russia, Putin cannot fail and he will not. On a favorable battlefield for hi-tech equipment and weapons, Russia can devastate the jihadis if they make the mistake of allowing direct battle….

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  25. “Australia’s New PM: A Progressive Who Claims Jewish Roots”

    Elizabeth Warren claims Native American roots. Does this indicate that they secretly control the US or, rather, does it indicate that they are irrelevant?

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  26. Hello Rurik, thanks for your comment. My point about Europe, as a former European, is that the old lady has sunken quite low morally. Through NATO, it took part in all troubles that uncle Scam created on behalf of the state of Israel or on its own behalf: Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Syria etc. Whilst the US has an excuse that it has been populated by the riff-raff and refuse of humanity, the Europe’s elite, with its long history of learning the rights and the wrongs, has no excuse for taking part in the planned destruction. Thus, when I wrote Europe, old, sunken and decrepit, I meant mostly morally. Maybe morality is simply obsolete in the post-modern European society? Maybe Christian Orthodoxy is the last refuge of morality in Europe? Naturally, I am not saying that all Russians are religious and moral. The financially wealthy Russian “liberal” population (Moscow) is as amoral as its Western role model if not more. The Christian Orthodoxy does not reside is Moscow then the further away from it that you get. Yet, Putin himself and many in his circle appear to be of such beliefs.

    My point is that the old lady could benefit from a dose of forgotten morality from Russia and a dose of life energy from China. I know that many Westerners would disagree with this view, but this is mostly because of the wrong perceptions they have been given about Russia and China, created through ubiquitous, adversarial Atlantists’ propaganda. Moscow is not Russia and a typical Russian muzhik has still not been morally corrupted by Moscow, that is the West. Not only Putin, but Mr Israel Shamir himself is an Orthodox believer, which strongly shows in the kindness and softness of his writing.

    Therefore, I am not against Europe and the Europeans, but I am for the Euroasian Union as an economically productive and politically stabilizing entity, a counter-weight to Usrael (US+Israel), that is the Anglo-Zionist empire and the wars and terrorism it has been delivering to the World since after WW2.

    Let us see what transpires, things could get quite ugly in Syria because Usrael is not used to encountering credible opposition.

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  27. It is not exactly an accurate analogy. Theoretical “armor thrust” from Baltics (by what, about 30 tanks–a good half-hour of work for Russian Air Force) into the Russian territory. Well, Russian Military Doctrine is quite explicit on this account, including acquiring targets in the continental US, much less in Europe. But I think that the whole thing could be settled conventionally. It is 2015, not 1941.

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  28. I do not know about his Jewish roots, but the new Australian PM Mr Turnbullshit is the biggest crook that Australia has ever seen, a character of vested interests and deep corruption. In other words, he is smart but morality-free scumbag who wracks anything he touches, a strip-off artist not a builder of things. He positions himself as a left-wing, global-warming conservative to grab votes of a large mass of unwashed morons. Naturally, a left-wing conservative does not and cannot exist, except as a political ploy.

    But you can easily guess the direction of Australia under such creature, which wars it will take part in and on whose side. But even a previous female Catholic PM of Australia cried on TV for the suffering of Israelis without a single tear for the Palestinians and their children. Politics turns as money turns, as we all know.

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  29. No analogy is perfectly accurate – that is the nature of analogy. It is merely suggestive.

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  30. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42977.htm

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  31. And the new Prime Minister, who claims to be Ukrainian Greek Catholic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arseniy_Yatsenyuk

    I heard Yats is a Scientologist.

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  32. Government is the playground for high function psychopaths.

    That’s why “Jews have all the power”.

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  34. The Odd Couple
    Once bitten, twice shy.
    It is one thing to get one’s arse kicked but to go back to a similar location and get it done again is monumental!

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  36. “…While Abbott completely unexpected exit on September 14 was a shock, his Prime Ministerial replacement should come as no surprise at all: Malcolm Turnbull, as we noted, just happened to be Chairman of Goldman Sachs Australia from 1997-2001. The same Turnbull who was deposed as opposition leader in 2009 over his support for a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme, a “scheme” that, when fully implemented, would lead to huge monetary windfalls for none other than Turnbull’s former employer: Goldman Sachs.

    Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-26/did-goldman-sachs-sacrifice-australias-prime-minister-his-doubts-about-global-warmin

    Check it out. The whole story is worth taking a look…

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  37. Jews are not as smart as they tell us they are.

    Otherwise why would they be destroying those that have paid their bills?

    Is this the hate mongering Jew crying for help?

    http://forum.codoh.com

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  38. Off-topic, some French planes attacked some ISIS camps. http://universalfreepress.com/photos-guess-who-just-attacked-isis-in-syria-and-it-wasnt-us/

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  39. Maybe Putin mostly wants to grab some East-Med bases at bargain-basement prices?

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  40. In 1991 Wesley Clatk was let on in one of the neoconservative Israeli desires by the Guru of the neocon ,Wolfowitz : now US could attack any Arab country . Psychological barrier is broken. Russia can’t oppose and the west ( read Israel) could target at whims any nation in Middle East ( save Israel)
    Irony can’t get any more poignant . The invasion and the dissolution of Middle East has brought Russia back!

    On another vein what did west get in return of 2003 invasion! US got
    IS,al Nusra, pathetic friendly gesture to Al Quida, refugees targeting EU. losses of 5000 American youth and dismembering of thousands veterans ,and trillion dollar losses .
    Still the elephant in the room that is Israel isn’t seen heard,and questioned.

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  41. Don’t worry. Australians don not remember it. Americans don’t remember Wolfowitz now advising Bush 3 and don’t know who Kagan is who is happily advising Clinton.
    The dementia explains the enormous emotional appeal of the pathetic stupidity of Bobby Jindal happily blaming Islam for the great ME architectural designs of Bush 2
    -http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-collapse-iraq-the-rise-isis-made-america-13913

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  42. “Also, your interpretation is true to the Christian Orthodox understanding and calmness, which you reflect into Putin’s behavior as well. Most Westerners would not understand this, it is totally foreign (this is why they are not Orthodox Christians). ”

    Well.. this kind of condescending attitude is going to make a lot of friends for the Russians in the West.

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  43. Hello again,

    My point about Europe, as a former European, is that the old lady has sunken quite low morally. Through NATO, it took part in all troubles that uncle Scam created on behalf of the state of Israel or on its own behalf: Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Syria etc.

    It’s own behalf?!

    It seems to me Kiza that what you’re doing is mistaking the craven, sniveling dog-like subservience of Europe’s leaders vs. what the European people want. In fact I think for the most part they are diametrically opposed. Just like in the US, it’s the Zio-scum and their myriad and eager lickspittles in government that are foisting all these awful wars on an unwilling public. And the very few who are on board for any of these horrors are the ones that have been thoroughly lied to. If the people of Europe were anything like the people of Israel, who clearly want more war (so long as it’s fought by others) and slaughter and genocide, then I’d have to agree with you, but as far as I can see they’re being dragged into all of this kicking and screaming.

    Thus, when I wrote Europe, old, sunken and decrepit, I meant mostly morally. Maybe morality is simply obsolete in the post-modern European society?

    there again, it isn’t’ that the people of Europe have become immoral (or sunken and decrepit), rather it that the leadership that is rotten to the core.

    My point is that the old lady could benefit from a dose of forgotten morality from Russia and a dose of life energy from China.

    Their morality hasn’t been forgotten- it’s deep within their blood. That’s why they’re opposed to more wars and generally speaking, is the most civilized place on earth. The reason Russia is today a beacon of morality and (and ironically) Western values is because Putin was able to wrest the destiny of Russia away from the Zio-fiends who have their knife stuck deep in Europe’s back and believed they had Russia in their talons for all eternity too. But somehow this great man, was able to dislodge the vampire from Russia’s throat, and because he was able to do so, now represents the best hope for all of Europe and perhaps for Western Civilization itself~ which hardly needs any doses of “life energy” from anyone, thankyouverymuch. ; )

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  44. “My point is that the old lady could benefit from a dose of forgotten morality from Russia and a dose of life energy from China”

    Maybe China could also benefit from ‘a dose of forgotten morality from Russia’.

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  46. Dear Rurik, I could not agree more, your following words are the crux of the matter:
    “The reason Russia is today a beacon of morality and (and ironically) Western values is because Putin was able to wrestle the destiny of Russia away from the Zio-fiends who have their knife stuck deep in Europe’s back and believed they had Russia in their talons for all eternity too.”

    I do accept that many Europeans are resisting the Zio-wars. Even in the brainwashed-to-death Britain, 2 Million people came out in London to protest the Iraq war before it started. Yet, once the politicians started this war, everyone shut up not to be labeled unpatriotic (“support-the-troops”).

    The only thing from Europe that I enjoy very much is that in so many countries the people want to do citizen’s arrest of the Nutty Yahoo. The most disappointing is that the people of the state of Israel are so viciously pro-war. This is a along story, but it appears that the constant wars that Israel has fought since its creation have filtered out a nation of monsters who now cannot live without war, killing and grabbing other peoples’ property. And they can do this only because they have wealthy supporters of the same ethnicity/religion in all developed countries in the World. As you wrote, they brainwash the domestic population to believe in Zio-wars. This is why Putin has done a unique thing by removing the political influence of the Neocons/Zionists in Russia, but without taking away their wealth or enterprise. Russia is the only major country in the World in which the neocons/zionists do not dominate government decision making, but the Jews are not hindered in wealth creation and entrepreneurship (as long as they do pay taxes as everybody else). Now this is the Putin’s miracle.

    PS. I am not of Russian ethnicity.

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  48. Netanyahu’s diplomatic visit to Moscow is of course yet another calculated kick in the teeth for Obama. Part of his campaign of disrespect – he knows Obama is helpless to retaliate in the face of his enormous ‘support’ by the US political establishment.

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  49. Putin’s miracle.

    yes Kiza, it is like a miracle

    almost unbelievable

    BTW I just read your take on the Saker’s article about Russia in Syria, and I agree with you.

    This entire adventure, not just in Syria, but Iraq and Libya and Ukraine- all of it is being perpetrated on Israel’s behalf. There’s no way Putin doesn’t know that the war in Ukraine hasn’t been foisted by Zionists or that the shooting down of MH17 and the subsequent lies and hysteria about how Putin himself shoot the plane down and now Russia needs to be ostracized with sanctions and so forth. Every single bit of it goes straight back to the snakes in Tel Aviv.

    Obama is a stooge. Bibi and the boyz are running the show here, and Putin knows it. And Bibi knows that Putin knows it.. so all the talk with US and the UN is all just a big charade. This is a contest between the Zionists and their nightmarish vision of the 21st century vs. Putin, who seems to be the singular hope for humanity. That sounds a little grandiose perhaps but that’s how I see it anyways.

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  51. I was waiting for the moment when the Jews evacuated in the first days of the war to the East in order to protect them from the Nazis, and therfore saving them from the “Holocaust”, would be transformed into deportees and victims of “Stalinism”. Here we are!

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  52. In 1939 the USSR invaded and seized 60% of Poland, which had the lions share of Polish Jews.

    This set of assertions is positively mental.

    First on the annexation of Polish territory by the USSR, here’s a decent map of the 1939 partition line:

    http://www.holocaust-education.dk/images/billeder/eeu71060.gif

    That doesn’t look like 60% to me. It looks like half at best. If you divided 1939 Poland into three zones: annexed to the Reich, General Government, and annexed to the USSR, the areas are, respectively, 92,500 km2, 95,000 km2, and 20,000 km2. So the area annexed by the USSR was about 51%.

    Second is the matter of where the “lion’s share” of Jews lived in Poland in 1939. Here’s an ethnic map of 1939 Poland:

    Gray indicates Jews. So you’re just wrong on that one. In fact, fewer than half lived in the territory annexed by the USSR.

    Polish Jews, Baltic Jews, Ukraine Jews, western USSR Jews were certainly ‘evacuated’ deep into the USSR because Stalin wanted their very cheap labor for his armaments factories.

    Wrong again. Certainly some Jews were evacuated and some fled in the face of the invasion by Germany on June 22, 1941. But even the Nazis’ own census figures indicate hundreds of thousands of Jews in eastern Poland. The Wannsee Protokol indicates 400,000 Jews remaining in the Bialystok district, which is the portion of formerly Soviet-occupied Poland not integrated into the General Government. Those portions that *were* integrated (primarily the area around Lwow) therein contributed to the 2.28 million Jews still there in January 1942.

    That doesn’t even count five million more Jews in the USSR, most of whom lived in the European republics — or used to.

    You should learn the things you deny before denying them.

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  53. Sould Russia really care about making friends in the degenerate “West”?

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