Cover Osteuropa 9-11/2019

In Osteuropa 9-11/2019

Moscow on the Mediterranean
Relations between Russia and Israel

Joshua Krasna

Deutsche Fassung


Between 1967 and 1991, there were no diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Israel. Today, Russia and Israel take a pragmatic approach. Both sides are aware of the limits of cooperation. Some political interests are compatible, although the level of economic exchange is low. Moscow and Jerusalem share no common values. Yet strategist dialogue has gained a new level of importance since Russia intervened in the Syrian war in 2015 and supported the Assad regime together with Iran. Today, Russia plays a decisive role in deciding on the post-war order in Syria. Its policies have consequences for the position of Iran, developments in the Middle East and thus also for the security of Israel.

(Osteuropa 9-11/2019, pp. 333–350)