Friday, May 21, 2021

First Syria, now Gaza

This diplomatic gesture has the potential to mark a major turning point in the Middle East, if Russia is able to intervene and impose a resolution a second time after repeated US failures:
Russia has warned the Jewish State of engaging in further violence that costs civilians' lives.

As reported by the Associated Press, as of Wednesday, about 219 Palestinians have been killed in the current fighting, while Israel has seen 12 casualties. The rising number of deaths and injuries have raised calls from around the world for Israel to mount a "proportionate" response to the attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has denied Israel has done anything beyond defending itself and vowed to continue until Hamas is deterred from future violence.

The escalating conflict is of "extreme concern" to the Kremlin, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov urged Israel to carefully consider the actions they take.

"In a frank exchange of opinion on the situation in the Israeli-Palestinian relations, including the one in the Gaza Strip, the Russian side expressed extreme concern over the escalation of tensions and stressed the impermissibility of steps fraught with more civilian casualties," Bogdanov told Alexander Ben Zvi, Israel's ambassador in Moscow, on Wednesday, according to state news agency TASS.

The USA couldn't stop Islamic State in Syria either, but Russia did. If Russia can force Israel to stop attacking Palestinians in Gaza, that would be a remarkable demonstration of influence of a kind that hasn't been seen since the 1950s. 

And just like that, a ceasefire is declared. It's a timely coincidence, to say the least.

Palestinians were seen in jubilant celebration as a ceasefire deal with Tel Aviv came into force after 11 days of deadly fighting, with crowds taking to the streets across Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem to cheer the truce. Street parades and impromptu fireworks displays erupted in Palestinian cities early on Friday morning, hours after a ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt was accepted by Israel and armed groups in Gaza.

This diplomatic intervention may be an indication that Russia isn't inclined to tolerate the neoclown shenanigans in Ukraine very much longer. The Russians appear to have figured out that it will be effective to hold Israel responsible for the war being waged against Russia by the diasporans in the USA. 

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Blogger machinephilosophy May 21, 2021 6:38 AM  

This is all just the usual BS to run interference for other things. But the saying throughout the mideast is: "First we'll destroy the Christians, they we'll take out the Jews. The Jews think they have their bases covered because they have people in or close to every government. But they are--to a person--tracked out of Beirut (w/info fed to Russia, China, et al) and will eventually be double-crossed in Belt & Road etc.

Blogger Shimshon May 21, 2021 6:45 AM  

The return to quiet is nice. We only had one actual alert where I live, but we could hear lots of interceptions and bombardments. And last Thursday night as my wife and I walked the dogs, saw a nearly continuous stream of Iron Dome launches to the north and west of us. It would have made for a pretty fireworks show if it weren't so macabre.

This war, like the 2014 war, was totally pointless. It accomplished nothing and solved nothing.

Well, it probably kept the "change camp" (yes, that's what the anyone-but-Bibi fractious pseudo-coalition calls themselves; shades of "hope and change") from forming a government before the June 2nd deadline (but that remains to be seen). Just as Netanyahu benefited from Covid more than just about any other world leader, so did he benefit from this war.

Blogger Unknown May 21, 2021 6:48 AM  

I live near Detroit, which has a large muslim population, and also has a Palestinian congresswoman who literally said the Holocaust makes her happy.

Even with that background, it has been instructive that local media sided with the muslims 100% against the jewish counterattacks in Gaza.

Who would have thought the israelis would lose control of the 14th largest market in the United States?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 21, 2021 6:49 AM  

What's an embarrassment to me are the white gentiles in America's ruling trash, talk about idiot shameless dumb golem, they fit the bill. I'll assume the Russians know exactly who in America makes the decisions, found their weaknesses and then applied pressure, then orders to Israel were issued from the people who make Israel possible. I'll bet the ChinComs have found that leverage point as well.

Probably the next step up in targeting tech would put Israel's first world living standards at risk, no more discos and then they could all sit in the dark and sweat while waiting for their plane tickets to America to rule over the dumb white brutes.

Blogger drsmith48167 May 21, 2021 7:31 AM  

Do it appears Russia has taken over the job/role of the world’s policemen, a job the US was supposed to have been doing since the 50’s.

While Russia appears to have legitimate concerns based on all the proxy wars launched at it since forever, this also means that same phrase, when applied to the US, was always a sham just like the UN has always been a sham.... they have always been about controlling the masses rather than fairness and democracy (whatever that was supposed to be)

Blogger bramley bramley bramley May 21, 2021 7:44 AM  

Bogdanovs to the rescue

Blogger محمد ایزدی May 21, 2021 7:54 AM  

The religious dimension of this issue has overshadowed the nationalist one.

The secular PLO and its grey haired, pot bellied, alcoholic 'officials' have lived their political lives. Within Israel, the Ashkenazim have been losing their grip on power. The ultra-orthodox Haredi have been waiting to abolish the Herzlian 'State of Israel' and replace it with the Halachic one, which makes it a straightforward Islam (/Christianity) vs Judaism equation. Previously, it was more 'Arab (Muslim or Christian) vs Jews' than 'Muslims vs Jews'.

Now, the message from the House of Islam, now under the spiritual leadership of Shia Iran, is clear: Touch the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Khazars will only hear sirens for the rest of their lives, running from one bomb shelter to another.

As late Abdul Aziz Rantisi said after the cowardly assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in 2004: "The Israelis will not know security."

Blogger Unknown May 21, 2021 7:56 AM  

Mr.MantraMan wrote:I'll assume the Russians know exactly who in America makes the decisions, found their weaknesses and then applied pressure, then orders to Israel were issued from the people who make Israel possible. I'll bet the ChinComs have found that leverage point as well.

Israel already cut a deal with China. They are squeezing the US navy out of Haifa harbor, in return for China upgrading to a deep-water RO/RO. PLAN will also get port rights.

The US will continue to pay for all Israel's war stocks, though.

Blogger Iceeater May 21, 2021 8:00 AM  

Release the facial recognition enabled killer microdrones.
On that day 2 will be working side by side. One will be taken and one will not.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 21, 2021 8:14 AM  

Shimshon glad to hear you and family are OK. Though probably living in an American urban ghetto would be more dangerous than what the average Israeli faces from the Arabs.

Blogger RandyB May 21, 2021 8:16 AM  

Next year in Constantinople!

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 21, 2021 8:17 AM  

The usual kvetching on "conservative" radio that the Biden admin is not as pro Isreal as Trumps.
Let's see.... it was "a bunch of Jews" in institutions ranging from media to academia giving the world "orange man bad" for 4 years.
These diaspora undermine their own religiostate country without even being there.
At least one nation is dealing with these globohomos.

Blogger Newscaper312 May 21, 2021 8:19 AM  


"Who would have thought the israelis would lose control of the 14th largest market in the United States?"

Why gloat?
We don't have control of it either.

Blogger Stilicho May 21, 2021 8:38 AM  

diasporans in the USA.

Diasporans are just Israelis who are currently living abroad.

Blogger Dave May 21, 2021 8:38 AM  

Quote: The USA couldn't stop Islamic State in Syria either, but Russia did.

I don't believe they had any intentions of stopping anything in Syria. They might have given the appearance of caring but there is no money to be made through peace. These people have proven themselves to be evil.

Blogger teemac May 21, 2021 9:19 AM  

if i had a nickle for every ceasefire in the middle east....

Blogger Stilicho May 21, 2021 9:43 AM  

@Shimson, Bibi has his faults and warts, but at least he generally puts Israel's interests first. His opponents to the "left" not so much.

Blogger sykes.1 May 21, 2021 9:48 AM  

The current cease-fire was negotiated by Pres. Sisi of Egypt, although Putin's effort probably helped.

The US/Biden was out of the loop.

Blogger Oswald May 21, 2021 9:58 AM  

I doubt the cease fire will last very long. Maybe a few weeks at best. As far as I am concerned Israel is the bone stuck in Ali’s throat.

Blogger Canadian Warlord May 21, 2021 10:08 AM  

This would be a demonstration of Russian influence, similar to the end of the Suez Crisis (1956?). Interesting that they can do this without having a "man" there such as Nasser in Egypt, at the time.

Some 10 years ago, possibly when Medyedev and Putin were swapping chairs, Vladimir made a crack about the president (not pm) of Israel being up for a dozen-plus rape charges. It seems Putin can get away with trash talking the Israelis to a serious level. "Influence" or perhaps actual threats to their local security.

Maybe the Russians have been mentioning the obvious to Israel - that they can arm and back up Syria to a high degree with advanced air defense, or further deterrents to their un-neighbourly behavior?

Blogger Scott May 21, 2021 10:22 AM  

The Associated Press reported on China’s rep to the Middle East offering to host peace talks between the two sides - and support for the Palestinians.

Blogger flyingtiger May 21, 2021 10:24 AM  

Why are the moslems celebrating? They proven that they are military eunuchs. Israel can destroy them whenever they want. This is not war this is just some insurance scam.

Blogger JohnR219 May 21, 2021 10:35 AM  

The US was never supposed to be the world's policeman

Blogger CynicalMan May 21, 2021 10:42 AM  

What is an appropriately proportional response in a disproportionate world? Surely reasonable nations value the lives their citizens more than they value the lives of those who attack them. Is proportional 2:1, 3:1...just what is proportional in war? It is a stupid concept.

Blogger Azimus May 21, 2021 11:04 AM  

The Russians certainly have the trust of the Arabs for what they have managed to do in Syria... IIRC, Iraq was also cozying up to Russia, at least in terms of military equipment contracts.

It does tend to create the same flashpoint as 2017, just a bit farther south. With more volatile players.

Blogger Unknown May 21, 2021 11:04 AM  

How anyone could think Putin is anything other than an Alpha after this total Chad move is beyond me.

Blogger Kingly Gift May 21, 2021 11:10 AM  

How many years (or decades) after the US is no long the dominant world superpower, will our ruling class keep pretending they are, at least to the domestic audience?

Blogger Gettimothy May 21, 2021 11:16 AM  

"let's you and him fight" and "divide and conquer" works both ways.

Blogger pyrrhus May 21, 2021 11:27 AM  

Why would America want to destroy the Islamic state, after sending it tons of American weapons? ISIS was another DS puppet...

Blogger lowercaseb May 21, 2021 11:43 AM  

flyingtiger wrote:Why are the moslems celebrating? They proven that they are military eunuchs. Israel can destroy them whenever they want. This is not war this is just some insurance scam.

Because Israel can only fight defensive wars. They can play the spook game well but as far as offensive war, the populous doesn't have the stomach.

If they could have destroyed the Muslims anytime...they would have years ago.

Blogger Barbarossa May 21, 2021 11:58 AM  

@22 War is fought on many levels. They're celebrating because they've found a new political patron. Or that patron has found them. Will they be celebrating a year from now when they understand the full costs of such patronage? Who knows? Does Russia truly care about the welfare of the residents of Gaza? No more so than the Great King cared about the well-being of Athens or Sparta or Thebes or whatever polis he happened to be backing at that particular moment. They are useful until the moment they are not useful.

Blogger Crew May 21, 2021 12:03 PM  

@24: Some (((citizens))) are more equal than other citizens, and some (((non-citizens))) are more equal than citizens.

Do you understand now?

Blogger Nikolai Collushnikov May 21, 2021 12:22 PM  

The USA/Trump helped to stop Islamic State in Syria when it stopped funding it and supplying it.

Blogger Mamabear37 May 21, 2021 12:51 PM  

@JohnR219, unless you consider the city-state corporation theory where the Vatican rules the "church," London the "bank" and DC the "military", in which case, yes, it would fall to DC to police the world.
Not saying that's without a doubt the case, but it is an interesting theory.

Blogger Azimus May 21, 2021 1:03 PM  

That is a unique take on Bibi. I'm not so sure he is putting Israel's interests first long-term though. It wouldn't take long to dig up 40-50 acts of war and terrorism the IDF has committed under his direction. People have long memories about such things, and before you say "ya but they're inept 85 IQ Arabs" that doesn't it OK, or make him any better than a war criminal. I can only speculate but I have no doubt many are dead who would otherwise be alive if not for Bibi, to the tune of thousands, tens of thousands, and who knows when the meter will stop turning of people sent to eternity either as a direct or indirect result of his actions and decisions.

I'd love to see him and Erdogan in champion combat. Truly I'd rather seem them both tossed into a meat grinder, along with Crown Prince MBS...

Blogger Didas Kalos May 21, 2021 2:23 PM  

@nikolai ak47. Pretty much sums it up.

Blogger Teleport me off this rock May 21, 2021 2:26 PM  

This could be a major turning point in world affairs, if only the neoclowns were capable of learning a blessed thing.

Blogger Teleport me off this rock May 21, 2021 2:32 PM  

@20 - The Suez Crisis is an excellent example of how long US foreign policy has been braindead and impotent, abandoning three putative allies because of some Soviet penis-waggling while at the very same time doing absolutely nothing as the Soviets crushed the Hungary independence movement.

Blogger David May 21, 2021 3:07 PM  

What kind of "pull" does Russia have such that Israel will heed Russia's warning?

Blogger Andrea Daley Utronebel May 21, 2021 3:37 PM  

This seems more like an indirect ploy. Russia doesn't really care about the people of Gaza. Also, Russia knows it can't take any action against Israel itself.

However, Russia is seriously engaged in Syria, and Israel has been doing everything to undermine peace in Syria and Russia's attempt at stabilization.

So, even though Russia talks about Gaza, what it really means is Syria. Russia is wink-wink suggesting that it will have to do something IF Israel keeps aiding ISIS terrorists and dropping bombs on Syria.

Blogger VD May 21, 2021 3:44 PM  

What kind of "pull" does Russia have such that Israel will heed Russia's warning?

The ability to support Iran and Hezbollah invading Israel.

Blogger map May 21, 2021 4:07 PM  

VD wrote:What kind of "pull" does Russia have such that Israel will heed Russia's warning?

The ability to support Iran and Hezbollah invading Israel.

The same pull that got Biden to back off from the Nord Stream 2 oil/gas pipeline.

A win for White Christianity.

Blogger Moonman's Lunar Language Laughter May 21, 2021 5:59 PM  

The Motherland's Mighty Muscular Christianity.

Blogger Brother Deke May 21, 2021 6:03 PM  


But...but...but Charlie Wilson told us not one weapon sold to the Afghans could be used against U.S. troops!

Blogger Slippin JImmy May 21, 2021 7:14 PM  

Russia and Israel enjoy quite friendly relations. This isn't about Russia threatening Israel (it didn't). It's about Netanyahu snubbing the Biden Administration which had already made a similar request.

Blogger Ransom Smith May 21, 2021 9:06 PM  

Russia also has serious dirt on Israel.
The old Soviet archives probably contain enough blackmail that would reveal quite a few things that many would rather not come to light.

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