Analysing Israel, Russia relations in an interview with activists + Video
The 19th episode of the series The Fact has analysed the political, military and economical relations between Russia and Israel in the presence of analysts from the US and Serbia.
MWFpress - The 19th episode of the series The Fact has analysed the political, military and economical relations between Russia and Israel in the presence of analysts from the US and Serbia.
Guests: Janice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist USA
Tesa Tesanovic Political activist Serbia
Questions asked at the conference:
1- why does Russia have a tight relationship with Israel? 2- how much do jews have influence in Russia's political power? 3- how much do you think Russia will put pressure on Iran and hizbulla because of Israel? 4- how does Russia react toward Israel's actions toward Palestinians? 5- how is the relation between Russia and Hizbulla or Hamas? 6- what would be the outcomes of Israel's influence in Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan? 7- do you think Russia would support Iran if a military conflict occurres between Iran and Israel? 8- how will be the relations between Russia and Israel in future?
View full conference video on YouTube
Janice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist USA
Janice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist USAJanice Kortkamp Independent Activist and Journalist USA
Why does Russia have a tight relationship with Israel? It's actually hard to find countries that are not in alliance with Israel at this point in time and it's a very disturbing trend in our world. Israel has many ways of achieving influence in countries and of course in Russia. Putin is a very pragmatic leader and he wants Russia to become a major world power and it is of course but to be even more so; and to truly compete in the international market the international economy and one of the ways that countries are allowed to do that by the US is to support Israel. This is one of the many ways of leverage that Israel gained over countries.
How much do you think Russia will put pressure on Iran and hizbulla because of Israel? Russia wants to be a balancing force in the region and to kind of be considered a leader in these global negotiations and in the Middle East. How far that pressure will extend is unknown in my opinion because there's just so many factors and fault. I think that Russia did apply pressure in areas of Syria for the Iranians for example to retreat from certain locations with promises from Israel and from the US for concessions but what had happened was the Iranians did pull back from some of those positions and nothing came from the other side the promises. I think that Putin is one of the shrewdest men on the planet. The Zionist Jews in Russia have a great deal of economic and political pressure and how much that is going to play into this I honestly don't know. I'm hoping that Putin will basically back off and choose to be less involved in a way of trying to apply pressure and really focusing on what he has been doing in Syria.
How is the relation between Russia and Hizbulla or Hamas? I think that this war in Syria has provided the opportunity for Russian soldiers commanders to really be on the ground and see the reality on the ground and hear from these strong supporters of the resistance of what is really going on from their perspective and I hope that the people of Gaza can work on nurturing and bring up leaders that will represent them more efficiently and accurately. I don't think Hamas represents the people of Gaza accurately. Tesa Tesanovic Political activist Serbia
How much do Jews have influence in Russia's political power? The Israeli-Russian connections run very deep. Israel has a million and a half of Russian-speaking Jews that speak Russian and that have Russian culture and because of it and because of very influential Israeli diaspora in Moscow the ties between Israel and Russia is very strong. Israel despite being the part of the Western bloc hasn't submitted to the pressure of the U.S. into declaring sanctions against Russia. There is currently very lively trade between Israel and Russia. Israeli agricultural products are being exported into Russia; some of the high-tech companies in Israel are working with Russian companies. The fact is that most of the Russian or oligarchs are of Jewish descent and they control the Russian economy and that could be also one of the factors why a scheme into keeping good relations with Israel.
How does Russia react toward Israel's actions toward Palestinians? Russia currently recognizes the Palestine as a country. Officially, Russia has condemned the Israeli violence on Gaza but one of the problems with Gaza is the Hamas organization current ruling over Gaza Strip has been connected to Muslim Brotherhood that is officially declared a terrorist organization in Russia and because currently Hamas isn't much supportive of the government in Damascus which are allies of Russia I don't think that the sympathy towards Gaza isn't mad at the maximum as it could be.
Do you think Russia would support Iran if a military conflict occurs between Iran and Israel? I believe that everywhere there are some red lines; and the problem as you know is that the Israel isn't working independently. It’s working in alliance with the United States and any kind of attack of Israel towards Iran would be coordinated and with the help of United States and it is definitely something that is against the interests of Russia. Iran for Russia is a weak spot because if Iran would be one then West would have its clear way towards the soft belly of Russia at the Central Asia and the Caspian region. I don't think that Russia will dare to militarily get involved in defending Iran because that would mean world war two because that would mean Russia attacking USA but definitely I think that Russia will use its power in the UN Security Council to somehow veto any kind of possible military attack against Iran. But it will also somehow try to diplomatic channels to see that the basic needs of Israel are listened to attack Iran. I think that all of these things that the Trump administration is doing such as pulling out the nuclear agreement and these tensions in the Persian Gulf are working against the Russian interests because Russians need some kind of a balance in the Middle East in order to project their influence; and have Iran get attacked it would jeopardize Syria and it will jeopardize the Russian position. So I don't think that Russia will do anything to betray around in a case of attack against Israel.
It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries.