How Russian is Israel?

John Bernstein
Jan 19 · Unlisted

In the 1880s, the Gunzbergs founded World ORT in St. Petersburg to ensure Russian Jews were at the forefront of technological research and development. (World ORT)

Currently, “ORT Russia has already established concrete partnerships with Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Kaspersky Lab, and IBS/Luxoft which draw in cutting edge resources and expertise to the organisation’s schools and programmes.” (World ORT 2009 & 2012)

Russian multinational technology company Yandex N.V., which operates Russia’s most popular internet search engine, is partnering with Tel Aviv University to implement a new program focused on machine learning education, Yandex and Tel Aviv University

The joint program, known as the Yandex Machine Learning Initiative, will feature courses focused on machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics. The program will be offered through Tel Aviv University’s Blavatnik School of Computer Science as part of the undergraduate computer science program.” (Wenkert, 2018)

Yandex is connected to the FSB, Russia President Vladimir Putin and the Russian mob. There is also a direct line between Yandex and U.S. President Donald Trump. (McKenzie, 2018)

In a recent speech at Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at IDC Herzliya, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explains the importance of migrating Russian Jews with key technical skills to the United States and later Israel, once modernized, to maximize their skill sets to make Israel the world’s leading technological power.

“[T]otal immigration to Israel showed a modest increase of 5 percent in 2018, with 29,600 Jews from around the world moving to the country. The biggest factor behind the increase was a significant rise in the number of immigrants moving from Russia.

According to the estimates, 10,500 immigrants from Russia will have arrived in the country by the end of 2018 — representing an increase of 45 percent from the previous year and accounting for more than one-third of the total number of immigrants. …

Most of the immigrants coming to Israel from Russia and Ukraine in recent years do not qualify as Jewish under religious law, even if they are eligible for citizenship.” (Maltz, 2018)

“In October 1991, the Soviet Union and Israel agreed to restore diplomatic relations … Two months later the Soviet Union collapsed. As of today [December 15, 2016], 161 of the 192 U.N. members recognize Israel, including all 15 former republics of the Soviet Union.

The core of this growing alliance is the more than one million Israeli citizens who were born in the former Soviet Union. Between 1970 and 1988, only 291,000 Jews, and their non-Jewish relatives, were allowed to leave the Soviet Union (165,000 went to Israel, and 126,000 went to the United States).

In 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev ended restrictions on Jewish emigration, [the excuse being] for better relations with the United States. From 1989 to 2006, 1.6 million Soviet Jews, and their family members, left the former Soviet Union (979,000 went to Israel, 325,000 to the U.S. and 219,000 to Germany).

Earlier this year, President Putin said, “Russia and Israel have developed a special relationship primarily because 1.5 million Israeli citizens come from the former Soviet Union, they speak the Russian language, are the bearers of Russian culture, Russian mentality. They maintain relations with their relatives and friends in Russia, and this make the interstate relations very special.”

Russia’s role in the Middle East provides a mixture of tension and relief for Israel. In terms of relief, part of Israel’s emergence as the high-tech Start-Up Nation can be attributed to its Russian-speaking émigrés. In 1989, there were only 30,000 engineers and 15,000 doctors in Israel. The Soviet emigrants to Israel in 1989 and 1990 alone included 57,000 engineers and 12,000 doctors.

In 2005, Russia forgave 73 percent of the $13.4 billion Soviet-era debt Syria owed to Russia. In return, Syria has bought billions of dollars of Russian weaponry.

Silicon Valley and Silicon Wadi in Israel succeeded, in part because of many talented Russians who sought to turn their idea into a successful company. The Russian diaspora in the United States and Israel can help modernize the Russian economy.

Israel also needs Russia, as well. Israel’s Start-Up Nation has been fueled by one million Russian-speaking Israelis. For this economic miracle to continue, the Israelis will need more engineers from the former Soviet Union. The Russian-speaking Israelis will have plenty of talent to choose from in the former Soviet Union. According the World Economic Forum, in 2015, Russia graduated 454,000 engineers and Ukraine graduated 130,000 engineers.” (Zapesochny, 2016)

“At Bar Putin, in the heart of Jerusalem, you can down vodka shots in homage to the former Russian president. In Ashdod — also known as Little Moscow — you might pop into the Tiv Ta’am supermarket for pork and black bread. On Israeli TV there’s Channel 9 if you want to watch broadcasts in the mother tongue round the clock.

The million-plus citizens of the former Soviet Union who migrated to Israel in the past 20 years have not only made new lives of their own but they have transformed their adopted country. They have influenced the culture, hi-tech industry, language, education and, perhaps most significantly, Israeli politics.

… [F]rom 1990 onwards they came in their thousands, and they now [August 17, 2011] constitute around 15% of Israel’s 7.7 million population.

Strictly speaking not all of them are Jewish. In traditional Judaism only someone whose mother is Jewish or who has undergone a formal conversion to Judaism is a Jew. But from 1990 anyone from the former Soviet Union who had a Jewish father or grandparent, or who was married to someone meeting those criteria, was granted Israeli citizenship under the country’s law of return.

According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics around 30% of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s were not Jews or not considered Jewish under Orthodox law. In 2005 that figure leapt to 59%. Only around 5% of the non-Jews have converted.

But they almost overwhelmed Israel, causing a severe housing crisis. Many eventually settled in Russian enclaves in cities such as Ashdod, Petah Tikva and Haifa — and in expanding West Bank settlements, such as Ariel.

“It was a very different type of immigration,” said Lily Galili, an Israeli journalist writing a book about the impact of the tidal wave from the former Soviet Union. “They didn’t want to integrate. They wanted to lead. They changed the nature of the country.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Israeli politics, particularly in the rise of Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Moldova-born foreign minister, and his far-right party, Yisrael Beiteinu. Now the third largest force in Israeli politics and a key member of the ruling coalition, Yisrael Beiteinu has enjoyed success mainly as a result of its support among Russian-speaking immigrants. Lieberman and his party have pursued a relentlessly rightwing agenda, opposing concessions in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, supporting settlement expansion, seeking to curb the rights of Israel’s 20% Arab population and attacking leftist NGOs and campaigners.

Unfortunately they [immigrants from former Soviet states] have changed the nature of democracy in Israel,” said Galili. “There’s a certain amount of exaggeration — many things may have changed without them. But they have a different concept of democracy. And they have strengthened and given confidence to the [homegrown] secular rightwing.

A year ago the former US president Bill Clinton caused a furor when he said Russian-speaking Israelis were “an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians”. …

Galili pointed to “some sense of alienation between Russian immigrants and native-born Israelis. There is not much social interaction. There are still places for ‘Russians’ that ‘Israelis’ don’t go and aren’t wanted — and vice versa.”

But, she added, there would be no going back. “For many years the joke was that Israel had become the 51st state of the US. Instead we have become just another Soviet republic. It’s quite a twist in the story.”’ (Sherwood, 2011)

A full 20 years ago, Israel Police was warning of efforts by organized crime syndicates to utilize Israel’s laudable Law of Return, which grants automatic citizenship to anyone with a Jewish grandparent, in order to obtain citizenship and pour in dirty money. Officers warned that billions were flowing in, and that the money was being utilized by the criminals, notably from the former Soviet Union, to gain influence in the banking system, in the media and communications industries, in real estate, and even in politics.

One high-profile such instance was the case of Gregory Lerner (Zvi Ben-Ami), a convicted fraudster and money launderer. Another was the case of Arcadi Gaydamak, briefly a celebrity and the owner of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club, who ran for mayor of Jerusalem 10 years ago before leaving the country amid financial scandal and then being jailed in France in 2015 for tax evasion.

Nothing strategic has been done in 20 years to address the concerns. (Israel passed an anti-money laundering law in 2000, but criminals have found myriad ways to circumvent it). Indeed, as a former top FBI officer told The Times of Israel earlier this year, criminals are attracted to Israel because of its “lax law enforcement and corruption.”

Police in Israel and the United States have described fraudulent forex and binary options activity as an example of “transnational organized crime” stemming from the cross-pollination of local Israeli criminals with crime syndicates from the former Soviet Union, France and elsewhere. Is mere incompetence a credible explanation for the insistent failure to face up to criminal forces that have exploited and targeted Israel for 20 years? Or does that strategic failure point to complicity?” (Weinglass, 2018)

Did Israel become another Soviet republic, or has this always been the case?

“The statement that: “Jews killed Jews to create the state of Israel” was made by Naeim Giladi [Mizrahi Jew], author of the book: “Ben-Gurion’s Scandals: How The Haganah and Mossad Eliminated Jews” (Dandelion Books, LLC, Tempe Arizona, 2nd expanded edition 2003). Giladi wrote this book first in Hebrew and then in Arabic upon arrival to the US where he confirmed as an eye witness the facts concerning the Zionist bombings in Iraq, the rejection by Israel of Arab peace overtures and the deadly violence inflicted by Jews on Jews in the cause of creating Israel. Stalin intended Israel to be a “bone of contention” in the Middle East. Some observers mention the possibility that Stalin also hoped to create Israel as a Marxist state, part of the Soviet postwar empire. Stalin’s decision to use the Zionists in establishing the state of Israel after the Second World War was motivated primarily by his intent to oppose the United States in the oil rich Middle East. … Soviet support for the Zionists materialized in the the form of allowing 711,000 Jews to exit from countries behind the Iron Curtain, in 1945–1947, supposedly in order to emigrate to Palestine. The Zionists advertised this migration under the code-name “Briha” — Escape of Jews from Europe. In reality the vast majority of Jews preferred to go to the United States or stay in France. Of the 711,000 Jewish refugees, panicked by some fifteen pogroms staged by the NKVD in 1945–1947, with some Zionist assistance, only 232,000 actually went to Palestine.” (Pogonowski, 2006)

Putin has called on Russian Jews to return to Russia, allowed the building of a 40 million dollar Jewish museum in Moscow, and regularly met with the chief rabbi of Russia. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in the last three years gone nine times to a Russia that has promoted dozens of Russian Jews to become oligarchs in the new Russia.

Over two million [Russian] Jews went abroad from 1880 to 1924, mostly to the United States and some to what would become Israel.

Putin evidently grew up somewhat alienated from his Russian family, and was influenced by a Jewish religious teacher in high school who lived down the block. In 2005 he bought her a home in Israel.

This all started much earlier. During and after the 1917 Russian Revolution, Lenin was putting together a Politburo and elite leadership that had numerous Jews … The names are familiar: Leon Trotsky, Grigorii Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Yakov Sverdlov, Maxim Litvinov, Karl Radek and Grigorii Sokolnikov. Lenin — who himself had a Jewish grandfather who had become an Orthodox Russian — was fond of Jews. He declared, “Scratch an Old Bolshevik and you will always find some Jewish blood.”

In the 1930s, Stalin launched a massive industrial and technical revolution with numerous Jewish engineers. That proved vital to overcoming the German advantage in steel in the upcoming war. … Stalin in the 1930s allowed Russian Jews to have more students in state universities than Ukrainians, who outnumbered them better than 10 to 1. During World War II, Jews played vital roles in helping develop the T-34 tank and new war artillery. There were also tens of thousands of Jewish war officers. After the war, a Jew became the father of the hydrogen bomb and close to one-third of nuclear scientists were Jews.

In 1948 it was, as David Ben-Gurion once declared, the Soviet Union that came to the rescue of the new State of Israel. It mobilized the new Eastern European states under their control to help pass the November 29, 1947, vote for the creation of Israel. When Israel was floundering in its early days, with only 650,000 Jews in the fledgling state, it bought — through Russia — tanks and airplanes from the Skoda factory in Czechoslovakia.” (Adelman, 2018)

“Soviets supplied military equipment to the Arabs — Israel’s enemies; and at the same time, the Soviet Union’s enemy, the United States, was arming Israel.

To understand the treachery which Zionist/Bolshevik Jews are capable and to understand the treachery which took place before and during the 1973 War, I must explain the New York/Moscow/Tel Aviv Triangle. To do so, it is necessary to go back a few years in history.

A heavy migration of Jews from Russia to America started in 1831. Most of these were communist Jews. So many of these communist/Bolshevik Jews settled in New York City that New York has been referred to as ‘Moscow on the Hudson’.

It has been pointed out, and with good reason, that decisions regarding communist policies come not from Moscow, but from New York City. Whether this is a fact or not is immaterial. What is important is the fact that there is a close tie between the Zionist/Bolshevik Jews in New York City and the Zionist/Bolshevik Jews in Moscow, and extending to include the Zionist/Bolshevik Jews who dominate Israel’s government.

The Zionist power over the US Government in Washington, DC stems from the Zionist/Bolsheviks centered in New York City. It is from New York that orders go out to the vast Zionist network all over the US — a network that influences the economic and political affairs of not only our federal government, but nearly all, if not all, state governments, and to a great extent the governments of the larger and even medium sized cities. This power of the Zionist/Bolshevik Jews over the US makes the New York leg of the New York/Moscow/Tel Aviv Triangle a tremendous influence over communist policies.

In viewing the 1973 War, most people, and it seems most Arabs, are of the impression that since Soviet Russia sold equipment to Egypt and other Arab countries, the Soviets were in support of the Arabs in the 1973 War. This is a false impression. To understand that this is the result of more deceit on the part of Israel and the Soviet Union, you must be aware of the Golda Meir-Stalin/Kaganovich Pact.

Golda Meir had been born in Russia, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in 1921 migrated to Israel. In 1949, Golda Meir became Israel’s first ambassador to the Soviet Union.

Representing Israel, Ambassador Golda Meir, a Bolshevik Jewess, met with two representatives of the Soviet Union: Kaganovich, a Bolshevik Jew and Stalin who had married a Bolshevik Jewess. They made a secret agreement — a pact.


The Soviets would institute a pro-Arab policy solely as a camouflage for its true intention, which was to furnish aid to the Arabs, but never enough to enable the Arabs to destroy Israel.

The Soviets would open the gates of Soviet satellite countries to Jewish immigration to Israel. Should this be insufficient, Soviet Russia then would open its own gates to immigration.

**Both the Soviet Union and Israel would share intelligence reports.

The latest scientific developments that the US provides Israel are channeled on to the Soviet Union. The main center through which this scientific information passes is Israel’s Weizman Institute in the town of Rehoovot about 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.” (Bernstein, 1985)

“Jerusalem — TPS has uncovered credible evidence that Israelis, with unofficial government sanction, were involved with Russia’s cyber attack on the American political system.

An Israeli cyber expert, who served in one of the IDF’s elite hi-tech intelligence units and still serves in the reserves, has told TPS that the Israeli government did not prevent Israelis from working on the project with Russian companies involved in the hack.

The source said that he had informed the Defense Ministry of the offer, as he is required to do. Under Israeli law, anyone serving (including as a reservist) in a classified elite unit is required to obtain approval from Sibat (a division of the defense ministry that deals with Israeli businesses or individuals providing defense and security equipment and consulting solutions to any non-Israeli entity) before accepting a contract from a non-Israeli entity. …

He received no indication that there would be a problem with people who had served in his unit (and other similar ones) from signing a contract with the Russian controlled companies. Even after it had become clear what they were doing, no yellow cards were issued by the ministry , ordering them to end their participation in those projects.

A few weeks later former Mossad Commander Efraim Halevy said that the Russian cyber-offensive against the US political system was a classic intelligence operation that succeeded. “It played a decisive role in determining the outcome of the elections would be favorable to Russia”, he said.

“I’m not saying this in jest”, he said, “the cyber-attack targeting the American political system was a good example of a classic intelligence operation that successfully achieved its aim, which was to covertly manipulate and subvert their opponents political system by rigging the elections to ensure the outcome was what the Russian leadership wanted”. …

In his lecture, Halevy said that intelligence was not only about gathering information, but also about effectively using it for a variety of purposes. He said this includes using disinformation (aka fake news) to manipulate and exploit the political process, in order to disrupt and subvert an enemy’s political system.

A former intelligence officer who served in an intelligence service trained by the KGB confirmed to TPS that the Russian attack bore all the hallmarks of Maskirovka (Russian for mask). This is a term used to describe operations built on deception and disinformation, not force.

“Unlike westerners, Russian thinking has always regarded political systems as a legitimate target, as to them it is a political infrastructure, and therefore no less a legitimate target than any other strategic infrastructure”.

“Van Clausewitz famously said `war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means`”. “A country is ultimately a political entity, subvert and paralyze the political system, and you have subverted and paralyzed the country, enabling you to manipulate its decision making establishment and process”.

“Americans don’t think like that, which was made the cyber offensive such a piece of cake for the Russians” “Russian intelligence, be it NKVD, KGB, SVR not only sees political systems as legitimate targets, but preferred ones, as they are inherently soft yet very high added value targets, and a successful attack against them can enable the weaker side, which Russia is (and the USSR was) to overcome a stronger, more powerful but less cunning and uninhibited opponents”.

“The KGB had a long history of trying to subvert the West”. “When you take combine maskirovka with state of the art cyber and cyber-media technologies, you get subversion on steroids”.

The Prime Minister’s received a request to comment on Halevy’s remarks, and the allegations that Israel, by allowing Israelis to work with Russian entities that carried out the cyber offensive against the US, collaborated with it.

The request was received by the Media Department in the PM’s office over a month ago, but spokespeople for the prime minister’s office have not responded to repeated request for comment.” (TPS, 2017)

“Think about the lasting effect of Stalinism for geo-politics in the 21st century. By this I mean not only thus far in the 21st century, but also quite probably for the remainder of the 21st century.

Think about the ripple-effect which the rapid industrialization of the Soviet Union continues to have on Eurasia. Think about the new infrastructure which was built on the Eurasian land-mass between 1928 and 1953. Think about the industrial cities in the Urals.

Would China’s contemporary Belt and Road initiative even make sense as a geo-political and economic plan today if Stalin had not rapidly industrialized the Soviet Union beforehand?

Given the Soviet Union’s geographical centrality in Eurasia, didn’t the industrialization and infrastructural interconnection of the Soviet Union have to happen first, before the rest of the Eurasian land-mass could become economically integrated?

So Stalin did far more than he ever intended to do, or ever understood himself as doing. He believed that his historical mission was to industrialize the Soviet Union and transform it into a superpower.

His real historical mission was to initiate the palingenesis of Eurasia. In other words, we are ONLY NOW BEGINNING to see Stalin’s historical legacy come to fruition. The 21st century is the Eurasian century.

De Gaulle was right — Stalin didn’t walk away into the past. He dissolved into the future.” (McGrath, 2019)

A world order dominated by Russia via Soviet Israel would be catastrophic and must be stopped.


John Bernstein

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