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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 3, 2009 / 13 Menachem-Av 5769

Don't Push Israel Toward Russia: A Different Kind of Illness; Our Political Sickness

By Michael Arnold Glueck

The Medicine Men



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you want to influence someone, a long-time friend especially, you don't push them away. Especially when that old friend has somewhere else to go.


That is exactly what the United States is doing to Israel, which is in search of a new best friend (NBF) and may well find one in Russia.


America, especially American liberals, must understand that Israel is not going to roll over and die just because they are often uncomfortable with the idea of aggressive self-defense. Out of simple human justice, for reasons of simple human decency, I favor a two-state solution, but I do not delude myself. A Palestinian state will not bring about Mid-East peace although it probably would cause a new Palestinian civil war, or at least intensify the present chaos. History shows that any nation that wants peace with Israel can have it.


Perhaps a sovereign, independent Palestine would make that choice, perhaps in preference to civil war. As for those jihadi who despise America and Israel equally, let's not pretend that anything we do (short of conversion to Islam) will satisfy them. And finally — let us be honest for once. If the Arab world really cared about the Palestinians, they wouldn''t still be in camps sixty years after what was, for the Palestinians, an absolute tragedy brought on in part by their belief that their Arab brethren would save them.


This week, a parade of American officials visits Israel. The primary agenda items are Iran and the Palestinians. But these officials are well aware that for the past several years, Israel's relationship with Russia has been slowly warming: diplomatic contacts, military co-operation, trade. At first glance, given the history of Russian anti-Semitism, Soviet Cold War arms deliveries to Israel's neighbors, and past and present support for Arab terrorism, this appears surprising. On mature second thought, and a little deeper reflection, it's not. Moscow is far closer to Israel than New York. Many Israelis are of Soviet descent (the present foreign minister is an immigrant), and Jewish roots in Russia are ancient. They also share some common interests. Russia desperately needs Israeli help to rebuild its military and deal with Islamic extremism within and on its borders. It also needs to redevelop its industry and clean up its environment.


The problem with Israel and Russia getting together is just not that Israel and Russia are getting together. It messes with what's left of America's assumed global predomination. Many Americans would love a new Cold War. Some are simply too brain dead to think of any other way to relate to Russia. Others cling to what's left of our global right to lecture others. Some would adore the increased defense spending. Still others adopt the maxim: "when all you have are weapons, everybody starts to look like an enemy."


That Russia is not America's enemy, and that we share enemies and concerns, doesn't occur to them. They still see the world through the zero-sum prism that blinded American policy makers: you're either with us or against us. But nations, like people, have their own lives. And these lives are often messy. Israel can live with Russia courting Syria and Iran; Russia can live with Israel supplying modest help to the Georgians. In this relationship, monogamous fidelity is neither expected nor desired.


The problem with Israel's Russian connection is not that it is happening, but the way it is happening. America is pushing Russia and Israel together by ignoring and trivializing and denigrating the fundamental interests of both nations. Israel must survive as a Jewish state and Russia needs to be master in its own home, including its Islamic areas, and control its near abroad. In Georgia recently, Vice President Biden said he does not recognize Russia's right to a sphere of influence on its own borders. Imagine the uproar, had Prime Minister Putin said that Russia did not accept America's right to do so.


So far, Russia's response to the new administration's provocations and gaffes, including Obama's desire to "reset" relations (reset to what?) has been one of dignified restraint. When Medvedev and Putin speak of Russia's "interests," they are speaking, not the language of domination, but of… interests. As for Israel, many American liberals do not seem to understand two things. The first is that if the Arabs or Iranians insist upon taking Israel down, they will take the entire Middle East down with them. For nearly forty years, the singular fact of Israel's nuclear arsenal has been its total non-use. But such forbearance cannot be expected to continue in the face of annihilation.


Which brings us to the second incomprehension: No one, no human being, no nation, needs to adhere to the higher moral standards of those who risk nothing themselves, who offer nothing but the sound of their own hectoring voices, and who clearly do not wish you well.


Instead of posing and preening, America should be working with both Russia and Israel to pursue common interests and resolve common concerns. We will not agree on all things. Nor should we try. But such is the nature of all friendships.



The writer thanks Erin Solaro, author of THE DOVES: A NOVEL OF RUSSIA AND AMERICA, who contributed to this column.

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Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., writes on medical, legal and allied social issues in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals locally, nationally and internationally. He is widely quoted in the media. Comment by clicking here.

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