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Despite differences over how to deal with Iran and Syria, Mr. Putin is viewed as a strong friend of Israel, which has a large Russian immigrant population.

This is a point I found not only ironic but completely absurd in this week's Israeli media coverage of Putin's visit.

Obama is viewed by Netanyahu and much of the Israeli public and media as an enemy. This despite the fact that Obama and the U.S. continue to provide Israel with incomparable military, financial, and political support and assistance.

On the other hand Putin is seen as a friend. The same Putin who thwarts all attempts at halting Iran's nuclear ambitions, and who props up Assad of Syria who is by far the bloodiest dictator in the world today. The same Putin who arms Syria, Hizballah and Hamas, Israel's mortal enemies. We are told that Hizballah alone has 40,000 rockets aimed at Israel, practically all made in Russia. This is Israel's friend?????

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