What Putin’s Trip To Jerusalem Really Means
by Dimi Reider
Much of the coverage of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories focused on two questions: Putin’s perceived foot-dragging over Iran, and the visit’s significance for the Russian-speaking Israelis who make up about one-fifth of the population, as large as Israel’s Palestinian population. The visit proceeded amicably, complete with a “coincidental” announcement of a joint Russian-Israeli award scheme for “Jewish values,” and a particularly cozy photo of Putin and Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.
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