Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

 

The Battle for Jerusalem

editor 7 December 2017

By Rev. Willem J. J. Glashouwer.. On 31 October; yes, on the same date that Martin Luther in 1517 hammered his 95 theses on the doors of churches in Wittenberg-Germany and started the great work of the Reformation; the same day the ANZAC soldiers from Australia and New Zealand launched their attack in 1917 on Beersheba that ultimately led to the liberation of Jerusalem from the occupation by the Turkish Ottoman Empire that had occupied Jerusalem and the Holy Land for 400 years. “The events of 31 October 1917 laid the foundation for the Jewish people being able to return officially and legally to their land and to ultimately establish their own State on 14 May 1948”, we read in the article of Kelvin Crombie in the October edition 2017 of our newspaper ‘Israel & Christians Today’. (more…)

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Portents of a quagmire in Syria

editor 2 December 2017

By Caroline Glick.. Is the war in Syria won? The images broadcast this week from Sochi, the Russian vacation town on the Black Sea coast, were pictures of victory – for the bad guys. On Tuesday (November 21, 2017), Russian President Vladimir Putin stood beside his Syrian client, President Bashar Assad, who licked Putin’s boots, as well he should have. Assad owes his regime and his life to Putin. The next day, Putin was joined by his allies – the presidents of Iran and Turkey. (more…)

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to advance Syrian peace

editor 29 November 2017

By Vladimir Isachenkov and Sarah El Deeb.. MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday (November 22, 2017) discussed ways to promote a peaceful settlement in Syria, including the return of refugees, humanitarian aid and prisoners’ exchange, while fractured Syrian opposition groups were meeting in Saudi Arabia in a bid to overcome their divisions and form a united front for Syrian peace talks in Geneva. [Photo top right: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (r), Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, (c), and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani pose for the media members in Sochi, Russia, November 22. 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool via AP)](more…)

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From Tehran to Quneitra: Iran’s “Land Bridge” Is Almost Complete

editor 25 November 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. In the east of Syria, the so-called race to Abu Kamal between the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces and the forces of Iran, the Assad regime and Russia appears to be close to conclusion – in the latter’s favour. Regime forces moved into the town last Thursday (November 16, 2017). They were then expelled by an unexpected Islamic State counterattack this week, and have now retreated to positions about two kilometers outside of Abu Kamal. The Islamic State move, however, has the flavour of a last roll of the dice. Clearly, the Sunni jihadis will lose the strategic border town in the days ahead. (more…)

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Netanyahu: ‘We don’t miss diplomatic opportunities, we create them’

editor 17 November 2017

By Itamar Eichner.. After hearing the opposition accuse him of ignoring the chance for regional cooperation, failing to represent Israeli interests and preferring an Israeli apartheid, Netanyahu responds by listing his work to strengthen ties with other nations and his achievements in improving Israel’s security and economy; ‘have these diplomatic opportunities created on their own?’ asks Netanyahu. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a lengthy barrage of attacks from the Left and Center during a special Knesset session on Monday (November 13, 2017), and when it was over, he went up to answer them. (more…)

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Hopes betrayed: the Russian Revolution and the Jews

editor 16 November 2017

By Ben Cohen.. Another week, another centennial. Following the Balfour Declaration’s milestone, it’s now time to look back on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, where a communist insurrection in St. Petersburg, then known as Petrograd, gave birth to a state that caused untold misery to millions for almost the remainder of the 20th century…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org. [Photo top right: Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin. Credit: Pavel Semyonovich Zhukov via Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)

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Putin thanks Israel for denouncement of Soviet War Monuments’ toppling in Europe

editor 25 August 2017

By TASS Russian News Agency.. Members of Israel’s Knesset (parliament) supported by majority of votes the statement to preserve the historical memory on World War II on Wednesday (July 19 ,2017). Russia is grateful to Israel for denouncing the toppling of World War II monuments to Soviet soldiers by Eastern European countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Council for International Relations. [Photo top right: A monument to Red Army soldiers stands next to a Greek Catholic church in Warsaw May 7, 2007. Poland has shelved legislation that would allow removal of monuments to Soviet soldiers on its soil, fearing it would cause Russian wrath just as Moscow celebrates victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. REUTERS/Katarina Stoltz (POLAND) – RTR1PFU3].  (more…)

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Chabad Rabbi’s Expulsion Rattles Russian Jews

editor 17 February 2017

By Cnaan Lipshiz.. Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Chabad emissaries from the United States came to the city on Russia’s Black Sea coast in 2002. By the time the Olympics opened, they could offer three synagogues, five information centers and 24/7 kosher catering to thousands of people in the city, which has only 3,000 Jews. (more…)

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A Palestinian National Unity Government?

editor 28 January 2017

By Yoni Ben Menachem.. This week (week 3, 2017) representatives of all the Palestinian factions concluded a three-day meeting hosted by a Russian research center in Moscow. The meeting explored ways to end the disputes and the rift between the West Bank and Gaza and reach a national reconciliation.

Also taking part in the conference was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Palestinian sources, he told the participants that the ongoing rift damages the Palestinian issue and that the international community exploits the situation to pressure and extort the Palestinians. (more…)

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Strange Bedfellows: The Russian-Turkish-Iranian Axis

editor 26 January 2017

By Ofra Bengio.. Russia has fulfilled a long-held dream of reaching the warm water of the Mediterranean and is casting itself as the hegemon in the region. Sixty years have lapsed since the Baghdad Pact which grouped together Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the West in an alliance against the Soviet Union and the concomitant Communist danger. Nowadays this Middle Eastern architecture has shifted 180 degrees to where Russia, Turkey and Iran are in an ad hoc alliance against Islamic State but which may turn against the West as well. Still, the new alliance might be termed as a marriage of inconvenience where each of the parties has different motives and is acting at cross purposes in partitioning the Syrian bear. (more…)

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