The closest thing to a friend Israel had ever had

This year Kremlin changed its course. President Vladimir Putin raised a few eyebrows among the foreign policy makers when Russian army started airlifts and convoys with heavy equipment for Assad’s regime in Syria. Although Sergei Lavrov, Putin’s minister of foreign affairs, stressed that Russia is not interested in dividing Syria into districts, Israel has been aware that at least one new state may emerge in the Middle East, as a result of current war – Allawite state. This exact solution had already turned to be long lasting when France after World War I established its Mandate and governed for 26 years on those territories. This time the Mandate, probably larger than designed by French, is likely to be controlled by Moscow, which built at least three naval bases including in Tartus inside potential borders.

Selling modern and dangerous missile defence systems and other military hardware for Israeli enemies Putin became “the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had”.

According to some experts Russia will probably control also another district modelled along the state of Damascus with borders drawn by League of Nations, predecessor of the United Nations, in 1920. It is clear that new Syria with or without Assad will be not only new satellite state of Kremlin but de facto its new territory. Putin will introduce government supported with “Russian advisors” that will be real policy and decision makers in Syria. Formally Syrian regime will be totally politically and economically dependent on Kremlin. Syria will become old-new outpost for Russia in the Middle East. If so, Russia, for the first time in history, will de facto share its borders with Israel.

 

After withdrawal of the United States from the region Russia is filling the gap. Putin is exploiting current war in Syria to expand its military might from Mediterranean Sea to the borders with Iraq. Perhaps this is the context needed for understanding sudden Putin’s interest in the Israel’s gas. Until now Kremlin openly did not put any pressure on Jewish state to seriously consider Russian companies to own part of gas and oil deposits.

 

Selling modern and dangerous missile defence systems and other military hardware for Israeli enemies Putin became “the closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had”.

Russia’s deployment of advanced surface-to-air S-400 missiles to Syria is of grave concern to Israel. With a radius of 250 miles and the ability to target up to 36 aircraft simultaneously, the S-400 is a potential game changer. One senior Israeli officer went so far as to describe it as a potential “nightmare.”

 

According reports Russia is transferring advanced weapons to Hezbollah and announced start of supply of S300 to Iran.

 

Israeli decision makers cannot easily abandon Kremlin because almost 200,000 Jews are still residing in Russia. It seems like Putin is making extraordinary effort to present him as philosemite who is willing to co-finance out of his own pocket the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. He also stated his fierce “fierce opposition to any manifestation of anti-Semitism and xenophobia”; ensured the return of many synagogues to Russian Jews previously seized by the Soviets and just initiated a law against anti-Semitic Biblical commentary.

 

Any decision, which will be made on share of Israeli gas and oil for Moscow by Jerusalem, will determine future strategic position of Jewish state. Israel has never so closely cooperated with Russia let alone none of its top leaders appeased so much to Israel.

 

This completely new political situation brings to mind a scenario designed by the ancient prophet Daniel and other authors of end-time narrative, who suggested the Gog and Magog clash with Israel in “appointed time”.