Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

The Jerusalem Summit: a Step to Normalizing U.S. Russian Relations?

July 5, 2019 --

A start, arguably, been made towards normalizing relations between the U.S. and Russia with the "historic" meeting in Jerusalem of the national security advisers of Israel, Russia and the United States -- Meir Ben-Shabbat, Nikolai Patrushev and John Bolton, respectively. The main subject of the summit was the Israel problem. Initial news reports said Russia was siding with Iran against the United States and Israel, but more important is the fact of the participation of Russia at this summit that includes the U.S. and Israel. Mr. Patrishev contended that the U.S. drone shot down by Israel was in Iranian airspace, for example.

LPR would also note, however, that Mr. Patrushev indicated that Russia gives "special attention" to the security of Israel because, in part, of the many Russian Jews now living in Israel.

LPR believes that President Trump should accept the fact of continued malicious attacks from the left on his loyalty and be no more deterred from normalizing relations with Russia than he would be if John Birchers attacked his loyalty for seeking improved ties with Moscow, which, in LPR's view, can be a restraining influence on Tehran.