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The US Is Once Again Trying To Provoke A Russian-Israeli Split
America arguably doesn’t have Israel’s best interests in mind if it’s trying to provoke a clash between it and Russia and/or Iran. That scenario wouldn’t naturally transpire without foreign meddling manipulating the strategic dynamics to that end as was explained.
The US-led Western Mainstream Media (MSM) is in a tizzy over concerns that a Russian court might soon outlaw the Jewish Agency, Israel’s premier immigration platform for recruiting co-believers to move to the self-professed Jewish State. While the details of the case remain unclear, reports indicate that the basis upon which this decision might be made is that this structure isn’t complying with local data storage laws similar in a sense to LinkedIn’s prior violations that resulted in its banning half a decade ago. Some in Tel Aviv and its allied media across the Atlantic, however, believe that this is all part of some larger plot by Moscow to rupture relations between these two partners.
The weaponized information warfare narrative that’s being peddled is that Russia supposedly wants to signal its discontent with Israel’s increasingly brazen bombings of Syria as well as a send a message that it’s displeased with that country’s political support of Kiev. That interpretation is arguably inaccurate though since formal diplomatic means such as raising the first-mentioned issue before the UNSC like Moscow reportedly threatened would be more meaningful, while the second doesn’t necessitate such a reaction since Tel Aviv nevertheless still refuses to greenlight the shipment of jointly produced anti-tank missiles to that former Soviet Republic. This suggests that the Western brouhaha has ulterior motives.
To get straight to the point, this incipient campaign appears predicated on manipulating perceptions about President Putin’s attitude towards Jews. It’s meant to misportray him as an anti-Semite despite former Israeli Prime Minister Bennett exuberantly praising him last October as “a very close and true friend of the State of Israel” after his lifetime’s worth of passionately pro-Israeli activism as proven by this collection of his quotes from the official Kremlin website and the keynote speech that he gave to the Keren Heyesod Foundation during its annual meeting in Moscow in September 2019. Far from being an anti-Semite, President Putin is a very proud philo-Semite and has dedicated his life to helping Jews.
Nevertheless, that factual image contradicts the artificially manufactured one of him being the 21st-century Hitler who’s supposedly carrying out a “Second Holocaust” in Ukraine, the aforementioned description of which was implied by Zelensky earlier this year but resulted in Bennett harshly reminding him that such a comparison is “forbidden”. Be that as it is, the average member of the Western public knows nothing about President Putin’s lifelong philo-Semitism so they’re much more easily influenced by staged optics of him supposedly being an anti-Semite in the event that a local court bans the Jewish Agency for violating Russia’s data storage laws exactly as it earlier banned LinkedIn.
This unfolding campaign isn’t entirely about smearing Russia’s soft power and especially that of President Putin personally, but is also aimed at changing the balance of influence within Israel’s permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”). Up until this point, the post-Netanyahu government (previously led by Bennett and now by Lapid until the next early elections) has politically taken a harder line towards Russia in the context of the Ukrainian Conflict, yet military and intelligence ties – particularly with respect to Syria – remain solid in spite of occasional disputes over the unexpectedly intense nature of some Israeli bombings against the Arab Republic.
The US and the most vehemently pro-American members of the Israeli “deep state”, however, want to decisively change that. What they envision is shaping a scenario whereby the public pretext is created for them to successfully pressure their multipolar Russian-friendly peers in the security sector into breaking off cooperation with Russia. That would in turn risk a serious incident over the Syrian skies the next time that Israel decides to bomb that country on the basis of supposedly defending itself from the IRGC and Hezbollah. These operatives hope that Russia’s response would be to finally authorize Syria to use the S-300s to defend itself, thus prompting Israel to destroy those systems and escalate the crisis.
The larger goal is to open up a so-called “Southern Front” in the New Cold War after prior plans to do so vis a vis Turkiye totally failed, all with the intent of provoking a clash between Israel and Russia and/or Iran, either of which could instantly lead to a global crisis. Put another way, encouraging the Jewish Agency not to comply with local Russian legislation on data storage is meant to set this larger scenario into motion by creating the pretext for the most vehemently pro-American faction of the Israeli “deep state” to pressure their peers into unilaterally cutting off security cooperation with Moscow and thus possibly leading to the sequence of events that might follow.
That said, that’s of course no guarantee that everything will unfold like the orchestrators foresee. For instance, more pragmatic minds in the self-professed Jewish State might still prevail and agree to abide by Russian law. Moreover, even if they don’t, that doesn’t automatically mean that the multipolar Russian-friendly faction of the Israeli “deep state” will be successfully pressured into unilaterally cutting off security cooperation with Russia over Syria. And in the extremely unlikely event that this happens, there’s no certainty that Russia will cross the Rubicon by finally letting Syria defend itself with full gusto like it’s wanted to do for years but has up until now been restrained by its Great Power partner.
In other words, this whole media circus is nothing more than a dangerous gamble by the US to divide and rule Israel and Russia in a desperate attempt to open up a “Southern Front” for the purpose of relieving pressure upon the Ukrainian one following Kiev’s spree of losses over the past two months. It depends on the complicity of “agents of influence” within the Israeli “deep state” who believe for whatever reason – whether on their own or due to some sort of foreign financial incentive – that this course of action is supposedly in their country’s best interests. The reality, however, is that unnecessary brinksmanship between nuclear powers only serves the interests of third parties like the US.
About that, America arguably doesn’t have Israel’s best interests in mind if it’s trying to provoke a clash between it and Russia and/or Iran. That scenario wouldn’t naturally transpire without foreign meddling manipulating the strategic dynamics to that end as was explained. While US-Israeli relations are extremely controversial and there’s heated debate about exactly who influences whom more, in this particular context, it’s clear that Washington is attempting to exert its will over Tel Aviv at the expense of its partner’s objective interests. Ultimately, however, it’s up to Israel whether it’ll order the Jewish Agency to follow Russian laws or not, but the behind-the-scenes machinations are still worth studying.