September 6, 2004


Russia, Israel Agree on Anti-Terror Union (STEVE WEIZMAN, 9/06/04, AP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Israel's renewed offer to share its experience of combatting militant groups, in the wake of the Russian school massacre, would give a boost to the fight against global terror.

Speaking to Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres at the start of a whirlwind day of meetings with officials in Jerusalem, Lavrov said terrorism is one of the biggest challenges facing the international community.

"We appreciate the very strong readiness of the Israeli people to help Russia at this hour and this will certainly strengthen the counterterrorist coalition these days," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2004 7:05 PM

The most hopeful thing i have read all day. Does this mean he is ready to ditch Chirac and talk to US?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 6, 2004 9:17 PM

The single largest bloc of Jews in Israel are Russians and their descendants(like my mommy). Sharon's family comes from the same district of Russia that my mother's family did(Mogilev). Russian is an important language in Israeli politics.

There are enormous natural links between Israel and Russia. As Solzhenitsyn said,' Russia's Jews do not want Israel, they want Russia without dictatorship.' In academic circles, the cross-pollinization is incredible. Both face the same Islamic enemy that wants to enslave or exterminate both of them. Both have experienced the butt-end of Islam. The Tatar Yoke still scares children.

Posted by: Bart at September 6, 2004 10:58 PM

It might be nice, though, sort of, at least decent, perhaps a kind of, well, sweet sort of gesture, if Putin would end Russian support of Iran's nuclear program.

Though I fully realize that might be a bit too much to expect. Sentimentality can take one only so far.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 7, 2004 2:15 AM

The Russian apparat is still sorting things out. Given the dynamics of the former Soviet states in Central Asia, Iran and Russia are competitors not partners in any sense. Russia has its own 'Arabist' problem.

Posted by: Bart at September 7, 2004 9:21 AM