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Jack Molad

Israel – Russia Relations

It is obvious that Israel is walking a thin line in its relationship with Russia for more than one reason. We share a common regional situation, since we both are involved on the Syrian front. For a long time, the Russians let Israel’s IDF operate reasonably free in attacking the Iranian establishment in Syria. As the war in Ukraine unfolds, Russia is unhappy with the Israeli stance on the war. So, in order to clear the air, Russia was looking to use any leverage in order to stop Israel aiding the Ukrainians in the war.

Hence, Russia is passing some laws concerning the Jewish agency in Russia and have ordered a court appearance to determine what laws were broken. Furthermore, Russia condemned the Israeli attack on Gaza, which created an international outcry.

Now the question is what is Putin up to? It appears, most likely, that he is acting to stop Israel from public support of the Ukrainians. While Israel is trying to stay away from the war, it apparently will not be sufficient. Russia wants Israel to know where they stand.

So, after Israeli President Herzog talked to Putin and heard where Russia stands, Putin ordered the closing of the Jewish Agency in Russia. So much for the long talk. This turn of events will surely not sit well with Israel and cause a great deal of hardship to the Soviet Jewry.

Jack Molad

About the Author
Jack Molad was born in Tel Aviv in 1930 during the British Mandate period and fought with the Haganah. Jack set out for the United States to spread Israeli tradition to Jews in the US. He achieved a masters degree at Saint Louis University and established Hebrew programs for traditional Jewish youth in Saint Louis, Omaha, and Dallas. Jack also founded and led Teen Tours, a summer program in Israel for traditional Jewish teens to experience Israel. Jack returned to Jerusalem in 2021, where he resides with many of his children and grandchildren.
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