The Russo-Israeli relationship has become especially cordial in recent years, CIA veteran Paul R. Pillar notes. But what lies at the root of Tel Aviv’s shift to Moscow?
The recent Russo-Israeli rapprochement has become the focus of Washington’s attention. CIA veteran and the Brookings Institution’s non-resident fellow Paul R. Pillar explains that since the Israeli-Russian relationship is not encumbered by special expectations — either positive or negative — the countries have a space to maneuver.
In contrast, “the US-Israeli relationship carries a very strong expectation, especially within domestic US politics, that the relationship is and ought to be one of strong and unshakable friendship. Any apparent deviation from that expectation is treated as if it were a serious problem,” Pillar remarks in his opinion piece for the National Interest. It is no secret that Washington’s relationship with Tel Aviv has recently deteriorated, not to mention the chill between the White House and the Kremlin.
Pillar quotes Robert Danin, senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, who noted in his latest article for Foreign Affairs magazine that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Russian President Putin “clearly enjoy a better relationship with each other than either does with US President Barack Obama.”
Curiously enough, while Washington demonstrates its belligerent stance toward Crimea’s reunification with Russia and Moscow’s backing Syrian legitimate leaderBashar al-Assad, Tel Aviv has adopted a pragmatic approach to the matters.
Pillar refers to the fact that Israel abstained from the US-led effort to isolate Russia at the UN over the Crimean issue, thus distancing itself from Washington’s policy in Ukraine.
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