Genuine warmth between Israel's leaders and visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev did not provoke Jerusalem to compromise the nation's mandate to defend itself. Just the opposite. "We are determined to do two things," Netanyahu told Mevedev.
In the opinion of Israeli officials, what does the election of Donald J. Trump mean for the Jewish State? The bottom line is that he is a mystery, and Israelis don't like mysteries or surprises.
Replete with smiles all around, along with symbolic visits to the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is in Israel. Why is he here? Ostensibly, the reason is to strengthen economic ties between Moscow and Jerusalem. But in Medvedev's own words to Russian journalists, the real focus has to do with other pressing matters.
The Kuznetzov Group of Russian warships has arrived. Positioned between Crete and the Turkey-Syrian coast, it begins a "major aeronatics exercise" tomorrow. The transparent goals are to rattle like a snake in the face of NATO and, while the US transitions to a new President, maximize military operations in Syria. As Russia's Prime Minister comes to Jerusalem tomorrow, one message to the Jewish State has to be, "buckle up."
Israeli analysts are carefully studying the US presidential race for is possible impact on the Middle East. There are very different expectations for that impact between a President Clinton and President Trump.