Mrs. Micky Aharonson
Expert in international relations.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Aharonson was head of the foreign relations directorate of the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office (2006-2014). She is an expert on Russia; on foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority; and on military-political decision making. Holds an MA in diplomacy from Birmingham University and a BA in international relations and English literature from the Hebrew University. She speaks five languages.
Expert in international relations.
Relations between Israel and the USSR/Russia
Over the years, on and off, the Soviet Union/Russia has sought to maintain good relations both with the Jewish state and with Arab states. Today’s main Russian interest is strengthening its hold in the Middle East and boosting the restoration of its superpower status, while avoiding excessive confrontation with the West. Russia can be expected to take Israeli interests into account only to the degree that this jives with core Russian interests.
Iranian-Russian Cooperation in Yemen
The Houthi rebellion in Yemen, with its horrendous consequences for the country's civilian population, is being instigated primarily by Iranian assistance and direction for the rebels, together with Russian growing involvement in the conflict. An end to the fighting therefore depends to a large extent on the willingness of external countries to continue their fomenting of the conflict.
Moscow, the Palestinians, and the Arab Spring that Never Was
Russia seeks to be more involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by presenting it as critical to the stability of the whole Middle East. But the legitimacy that it accords to Hamas rules out deeper Russian involvement from Israel’s point of view.
The Real Story behind the Repatriation of Syrian Refugees
Russia is actively promoting international involvement in the reconstruction of Syria as a humanitarian effort aimed at creating the conditions for refugees to return, but in practice this will reinforce the foundations of Assad’s rule and territorial control. The US is in no hurry to respond, but the Russian initiative will not remain unanswered.