Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier in the Middle East for Israel, Russian president Vladimir Putin has offered direct military cooperation and assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
With Russian troops already in Syria as well as Russia being in support of Iranian encroachment on Israel’s border, Putin is now applying even more pressure to the Jewish state by offering military assistance to “palestinians” in Judea and Samaria. While there would be no way for Russia to actually deliver this sort of military assistance, the prospects of Russian interference in Judea and Samaria should be frightening to everyone.
This is exactly why the Israeli government has always been insistent that it remains in control of all borders with any future “palestinian” entity. After all, one cannot trust the “palestinians” themselves not to import weapons.
The real question is why is Russia pursuing this path?
Many Middle East experts believe that Putin is punishing Israel for their leaders support for Ukraine. However, this may just be an excuse. For years Putin has been wary that Israel will be able to deliver gas to Europe, allowing them to replace Russian energy with Israeli energy. This would be a nightmare for Putin as it would reduce the leverage he has on Europe.
Putin’s strategy is to pressure Israel to be subservient to his global agenda and he is will ing to use the “palestinians” to achieve this.