Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor in maintaining close and “trusting” relations with his country. After talks at Putin’s lush Black Sea residence in Sochi, Bennett hailed bilateral ties as “strategic” and emphasized the need to maintain an “intimate” dialogue with Moscow. Greeting the Israeli prime minister at the start of their first meeting, Putin described Russian-Israeli ties as “unique,” noting that Israel is home to the largest Russian-speaking community.
Putin kept close personal ties with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly visited Russia. On Friday, Putin pointed to Russia’s “business-like and trusting relationship” with Netanyahu’s government and expressed hope that Bennett’s government would pursue a “policy of continuity” in Russian-Israeli ties.
It was all smiles on Friday between the Russian and Israeli leaders. They both talked about cooperation and trust. But behind the friendliness we know that Russia actively supports and arms Israel’s sworn enemies – Syria and Iran. They in turn support and arm more of Israel’s enemies – Hezbollah and Hamas. But when you listen to what they said carefully you can hear the differences between them. Putin said
“As you know we are working hard to restore Syria’s basic utilities. There are problematical issues and difficulties, but also good opportunities for cooperation.”
He also said
“I truly hope that despite the internal political battles, which are unavoidable in every country, your government will pursue a policy of continuity on Russian-Israel relations.”
The Bible explains Gog’s true intentions – it is not one of peace with Israel – but war…
Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! I send him against a godless nation, I dispatch him against a people who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy. (Isaiah 10:5-7)
Russia is latter day Assyria
Please do find Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
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- Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
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