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Does anyone still seriously think that Russia and Israel aren’t allies

Israel’s latest bombing raid on Syria is confirmation that the Putin-Netanyahu Summit in Sochi was a lot more successful than some Alt-Media voices have led people to believe.

Andrew Korybko

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There’s no use for anyone to seriously deny it anymore at this stage – Russia and Israel are allies in Syria, and Tel Aviv’s latest bombing raid proves it. None of Russia’s impressive world-class and state-of-the-art S-400 anti-air defense units were activated to stop it, but this shouldn’t be a surprise for those who have even an elementary understanding of contemporary Russia-Israeli relations. While it’s true that Moscow used to oppose Israel during the days of the Cold War, that all changed ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the two sides are closer nowadays than at any time in their history. The author wrote about the specifics of this high-level but largely unspoken-about partnership in a series of articles earlier this year that are listed below, which he recommends that the reader at least skim through if they’re totally unfamiliar with this topic:

21 March: “Israel And Russia Are NOT On The Verge Of War. They Are Allies!”

22 March: “What Russia Said To Israel After The Palmyra Raid

6 June: “Russia’s Mideast Energy Diplomacy: Boom Or Bust?

27 June: “Syria’s 10-Day Countdown Begins

10 July: “A Syrian ‘Ceasefire’ For Whom?

The prevailing idea is that the Russian “deep state” (permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies) is joined at the hip with Israel because of its ethnic diaspora in the latter which connects them both, and that this in turn set the firm foundation for the multidimensional development of this relationship into the eventual military and strategic spheres. It might be strange to countenance the idea of Israel being Russia’s ally in Syria when Tel Aviv worked together with the US and other countries to create the very same terrorism inside that triggered Moscow’s intervention, but it’s here where it’s worthwhile to quote a relevant passage from the author’s 27 June analysis:

“Moscow is strictly abiding by its anti-terrorist military mandate in Syria and isn’t interested whatsoever in doing anything more than fighting Daesh, but it’s just that there was a prevailing unstated perception surrounding its commitments to the country that made many people believe that it was there to implicitly oppose all of the US and “Israel’s” geostrategic objectives.

 While there’s veritably an overlap between Russia’s mission in defeating Daesh and therefore destroying Washington and Tel Aviv’s initial plans in Syria, the fact that Moscow already achieved most of that original mission and its purported “adversaries” have since adapted their strategies in response to instead promote the “federalization” (internal partition) of the country as their “Plan B” shouldn’t be taken to mean that Russia will also expand its responsibilities in order to once again oppose those two actors.”

There is no scenario, whatsoever, that Russia will directly oppose Israel in Syria, and to the contrary, it welcomes its occasional “surgical strikes” there because they play into Moscow’s strategy to indirectly counter Iran. Nobody in Russia will ever openly say it, and all public statements by official representatives claim the complete opposite, but Russia is developing a growing sense of distrust towards Iran and vice-verse, and this has been hitherto unfolding in Syria largely away from the media eye. A keen observer, however, would rightly note that each of Israel’s attacks in the Arab Republic were done under the pretext of attacking some sort of Iranian or Iranian-allied unit or infrastructure, and that Russia never lifted a finger to oppose or condemn it.

The reasons for this are several, but the most important has to do with Russia’s foreign policy progressives wanting to take advantage of their country’s dominant position in Syria in order to establish and strengthen new international partnerships, all with the intent of fulfilling their envisioned 21st-century geostrategic role in becoming the supreme balancing force in Eurasia. This strategy and the “deep state” faction driving it were described more in detail in the author’s Oriental Review analysis titled “Russia’s Foreign Policy Progressives Have Trumped The Traditionalists”, which can be summarized as Russia clinching non-traditional partnerships such as the one with Israel in order to “balance out” the traditional ones that it has with countries like Iran.

This doesn’t mean that Russia is “anti-Iranian” per se, but just that the grand strategy of the two civilization-states contradicts one another on certain fronts such as the one related to Tehran’s hoped-for post-war role in Syria vis-à-vis its hated Israeli rival, which as anyone who has even cursory knowledge about this knows is designed to strengthen Iran’s overall position against Israel through its own forces and those of its allied militia Hezbollah. Russia, however, doesn’t seem to agree with this policy because it believes that it will only “trigger” more Israeli raids into Syria which could eventually contribute to more destabilization in the country and inadvertently endanger the safety of Russia’s forces there, whether through direct action or the indirect facilitation of terrorism.

Although it may pain many in the Alt-Media to read, Russia’s actions in passively allowing Israel to bomb what it claims (whether accurately or not) are Iranian-related infrastructure and troops (whether its own or allied) in Syria indicate that Moscow believes that Tehran “deserved it”, or put more gently, that Iran is “provoking” Israel through its presence in western and southern Syria and that Tel Aviv is therefore “justified” in militarily responding to it with “surgical strikes”. This explanation shouldn’t be taken as the author’s personal endorsement of this policy, but just as an empirical observation acquired from analyzing all of the Israeli bombing raids on Syria over just this year alone. The implicit cooperation, albeit even if passive, that Moscow extends to Tel Aviv in this regard might also have to do with its decision makers wanting to keep Iran on the overall strategic defensive so that the existing support that Russia provides to it acquires a relatively more heightened importance by comparison.

For better or for worse, Russia believes that Iran needs it more than the reverse, and that no matter how begrudgingly it might do so, Tehran will continue to cooperate with Moscow no matter what happens because it has no possibility to replace it in the strategic spheres of nuclear energy cooperation and the Syrian peace process, et al. Moreover, as the troika of Israel, the US, and Saudi Arabia (conceptualized by the author as “Cerberus”) pile on the pressure against their rival and ceaselessly work to encourage their partners to do so as well, the Russian vector of Iranian economic policy will continue to look more attractive as a “pressure valve”, especially in view of the planned North-South Transport Corridor that both sides are working on together with India and Azerbaijan. So long as Russia isn’t directly (key word) hostile to Iran, whether in Syria or elsewhere, and continues to rely on Israel as its “cat’s paw” out of both Moscow and Tel Aviv’s self-interested reasons in doing so, there’s little reason to expect Tehran to “play hardball” in downscaling its existing cooperation with Russia.

Moreover, to touch upon the aforementioned geostrategic contradictions between Russia and Iran, if Iran were to successfully fulfill its grand strategic vision of establishing a “Resistance Arc” between itself, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, then Russia would lose its newfound role as the supreme balancing force in this pivotal space. Rather, Moscow reasons, it’s better for Russia to remain the most powerful actor here in order for it to cut deals with all partners that could potentially play out to its larger benefit, such as in this case possibly participating in the Israeli-Cypriot-Greek pipeline to Europe. This was described in the author’s earlier-mentioned work about “Russia’s Mideast Energy Diplomacy: Boom Or Bust?”, and the idea is that joint Russian-Israeli cooperation in countering Iran’s growing post-war role in Syria might be the condition for Moscow’s involvement in this energy project. It could also be reasonably speculated that Russia expects wealthy Israeli businessmen (likely those of Russian background) to invest in their former homeland as part of this quid-pro-quo arrangement in order to help Moscow deal with the Western sanctions against it, which Tel Aviv crucially declined to partake in.

Again, it can’t be emphasized enough how none of this should come as a surprise for objective observers, but it’s just that the Alt-Media Community has been treated to an incessant barrage of “wishful thinking” over the years in coming to actually believe that Russia is somehow “against” Israel in general, and particularly in Syria. A perfect example of this which took place only recently was the premature triumphalism about the purported failure that the Netanyahu-Putin Summit in Sochi allegedly was, though the wisdom of hindsight has now disproven all of that commentary since it’s very likely that the two leaders discussed what would soon thereafter be the Israeli raid on Homs. This allows one to view the oft-repeated analysis that Putin snubbed Netanyahu, and the even more regularly repeated though constantly debunked theory that Russia set up an S-400 “air bubble” against Israel in Syria, as nothing more than an Alt-Media “echo chamber” amplified by Iranian-friendly voices.

The intention in pointing this out isn’t at all to “defend Israel” or “denigrate Iran”, but just to draw attention to the psychology of groupthink which has taken over Alt-Media and frequently leads to the creation of unrealistically high and almost always false hopes, thereby calling into question the professional accuracy of some of the leading forces who constantly promote such views despite being contradicted on countless occasions by the cold hard truth of reality. It’s tacitly understood that there’s a certain “political correctness” involved in denying Russia’s very close and comprehensive strategic partnership with Israel, especially if one is speaking on Mideast-based media platforms that are traditionally friendly or at the very least respectful towards Moscow, but this will have to change if pundits and aspiring analysts genuinely desire to reflect the objective reality of what’s happening in the world and why…unless, of course, they’re content with putting their reputation on the line in order to advance a certain narrative.

DISCLAIMER: The author writes for this publication in a private capacity which is unrepresentative of anyone or any organization except for his own personal views. Nothing written by the author should ever be conflated with the editorial views or official positions of any other media outlet or institution. 

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Paul Kindlon
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Paul Kindlon

Russia has -along with Hezbollah and Iran- destroyed Israel’s big plan for Syria. Israel has lost because of Russian involvement. The war over the past 2 years has been literally run by Russian top staff. Where battles were fought and how they were fought –all determined by Russians with Russian technology backed up by the Russian air force. Let’s wait more than 24 hours before we analyze what just happened with this air strike.

Shannon
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Shannon

Agreed – great comment. Syria, Hezbollah, Iran — these are Russia’s allies. The Netanyahu government consists of the Kremlin’s useful idiots. Color that up with all kinds of beautiful “strategic partnership” language if you want.

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TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Let’s consider that the Israeli attack came through Lebanon, with which Russia has no agreement. Also, consider that the Russians probably recognized this attack was a probe and decided to wait until they could inflict a really crushing defeat. Russians are very patient.

RS
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RS

Russia needs to avoid US/Israel provocations. After the Syrian/Iran victory, Hezbollah(arguably the worlds most battle tested army) will address the Israel issue with the highest trained army and ??? 150K missiles? Not the bottle rockets of old this time. Not a good time to be occupying Gaza. Russia needs to avoid escalation, but they know all this better than me.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

1 Russia lets Israel do what it wants,we all know Israel & US are in bed together and if Russia attacked Israel planes ect,it would unleash US “Fire & Fury” programme which RF does not need in Syria,it would make matters worse all round.
2 Iran,as above,the same reasons + RF also wants to keep Iran’s anger up against Israel for the future…

Dario
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Dario

apparently the author is obsessed with proving this supposed alliance between Russia and Israel … he ignores the innumerable reasons that explain Russia’s lack of response.

Marija
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Marija

which are?

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal
Marija
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Marija

Could you be more specific which point explains Russian lack of response to Israeli attacks? Because there is none.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

To begin with the article talks about SYRIA’S capabilities to protect its airspace. BTW, it is FIRST the responsibility of the SYRIAN Government to make a response. NOT Russia. ASSAD is the President of Syria. Putin is the President of RUSSIA and he will NEVER usurp the responsibilities of the Syrian Government nor its sovereignty.

Assad ALREADY responded to aggression from Israel in March of this year. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-17/syrian-army-claims-it-shot-down-israeli-jet
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201703201051787165-syria-assad-israel-air-defense/

It may be that Assad has already responded to the Israeli attack this month though the reports are unconfirmed. http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/09/unconfirmed-syrian-forces-shoot-down.html
https://southfront.org/syrian-air-defense-force-fired-s-200-missile-at-israeli-warplanes-over-lebanon-reports/
http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.811219
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-08/israel-launches-air-strikes-syria-and-assads-waiting-game

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

As this war tames down and infrastructure is priority…Russia will be sitting on the fence…they know and we know that any action against Israel will bring in the US war hawks…and they have bases all over the area….What if Israel bombs Iranian troops…now thats a problem. I feel Russia tolerates Israel…for a reason…in time Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran will be Russian friendlies as I think Russia is also creating this alliance…its no secret who owns the media in the west and who would misconstrue any actions to be geared at Russia….with NATO on there doorstep and the Asian pivot to… Read more »

RS
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RS

American njews?

Jan Blatt
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Jan Blatt

Well I would like to know what Syrian government thinks of this. It’s long time ally allowing Israel to bomb it’s troops whenever it wants. Perhaps even giving permission. Remembering that Israel was supporting Isis and the other terrorists trying to overthrow it, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, this news has burst some of us newly Russian supporters bubble. The belief that many of us had, that Russia was doing the right thing by it’s ally because it was the right thing, was probably wishful thinking and naivety. Posted a similar comment on Duran facebook, page.… Read more »

Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

actually not worth comments !!!!

STEVONATRON
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STEVONATRON

There’s a lot of people convinced Russia are the good guys in world politics today. Indeed, I was hoodwinked for some time until I started looking into the truth about Alexander Dugin and Putin’s admiration for his views. As the article above claims, I strongly suspect Russia are in cahoots with Israel and are therefore not in favour of world peace.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

bulsit

seby
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seby

Russia is also aware that the USA has been bombing and assisting the mercenary terrorist army against the sovereignty of Syria. Are we to assume because they haven’t nuked Washington DC they are in cahoots with them?

Russia engage in realpolitik, which can involve keeping your enemies even closer than your friends. They do not have the luxury of the author from his comfy chair parading monty python like inquisition charades as political analysis!

JNDillard
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JNDillard

I agree completely, as my own comment shows. Thanks.

Norman
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Norman

Don’t worry about Bibi. He’ll get his when it’s due.

Herbert Dorsey
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Herbert Dorsey

This author is grasping at straws to make his case. The real reason Russia hasn’t downed U.S. or Israeli jets illegally bombing Syria is that Russia is bending over backward to avoid a war with either superpower. Israel has submarines that can launch intermediate range nuclear armed missiles just about anywhere.

Marija
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Marija

So why doesn’t Israel then level Damascus and have it over with?

Since Russia will be sitting avoiding hot war

Herbert Dorsey
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Herbert Dorsey

A good question. Perhaps Israel learned from its 2006 invasion of Lebanon that air strikes alone will not bring victory. Hesballah routed Israel then, even though Israel was bombing all over Lebanon.

Tony
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Tony

If you’ve noticed, Israel can only bomb targets near the Israeli and Lebanese borders. The Israeli aircraft fire long range weapons and don’t even have to enter Syrian airspace most of the time. Also the Syrian Air-Def network has been significantly weakened during the last 6 years by the loss of many AD bases and equipment

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Actually that has just changed this month significantly for the better and may explain why Israel had to strike using Lebanese air space:
https://thesaker.is/russia-and-syria-create-joint-air-defense-system/
http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/09/for-israel-and-us-russia-has-closed.html

Marija
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Marija

Your answer does not address the question

JNDillard
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JNDillard

Generally, the articles that The Duran posts are thoughtful and well-argued. That is the reason I return here. However, this article is an impressive exception to that rule and that standard. Perhaps The Duran published Mr. Korybko’s piece to check to see if its readers are paying attention or to get a little blood flowing in its readership, or worse, this may be an attempt to appear “fair and balanced.” In any case, let’s not mince words: Guys, this analysis is stupid and publishing it is stupid. Russia supports its own interests. Where they coincide with Israeli interests it supports… Read more »

Marija
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Marija

” On the contrary, recently at Sochi, Putin turned down Netanyahu’s
desperate efforts to drive a wedge between Russian and Iranian
interests.”

Remind us of the evidence for that?

Gonzogal
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JNDillard
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JNDillard

Thanks Gonzogal! You saved me some work!

Marija
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Marija

What do you mean Russia allowing Israel si a long standing policy hence that is why Russia and ISrael aren’t allies? Do you hear yourself?

and what I wrote above

“So links that say “israeli interests are well taken care of “shows that
Russia does not cooperate with Israel? Then Israel is allowed to bomb
Syria few days later and that additionally proves Russia and Israel are
not allies despite Putin calling Israel an ally which was published by
Russian media? “

Marija
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Marija

So links that say “israeli interests are well taken care of “shows that Russia does not cooperate with Israel? Then Israel is allowed to bomb Syria few days later and that additionally proves Russia and Israel are not allies despite Putin calling Israel an ally which was published by Russian media?

Can you people be any more pathetic?

pogohere
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The last para is classic Korybko: verbose–it’s one sentence– and a defense of his own position. It’s a shame because he is intelligent and diligent. It seems events have moved beyond his ken, as is true of many analysts who have been helpful in the past.

Sergey Tokarev
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Sergey Tokarev

Quite possibly, this article has been generated by software. It is a proof that AI can’t replace people yet.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

The mere fact that Israel is prodding to cause a response is reason enough not to do so until the situation in Deir Ezzor, Idlib and the Syrian Kurdish areas are resolved.
I feel that Israel will be the last terror nation to fall in this war against Zioniat thievery .
Soon there will be more information and witnesses to the Israeli/US collusion with ISIS and Al Nusra that the Western MSM will not be able to ignore.

Instant gratification may be nice but is often short lived. Waiting until the time is right is far more pleasing.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

An extremely interesting article on Syria’s lack of immediate “response” to the Israeli strike:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-08/israel-launches-air-strikes-syria-and-assads-waiting-game

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Yes. All the Israelis want in for the SAA or Russia to give the jewboys a bloody nose that will cause a major conflagration and divert much needed resources from clearing the terror gangs from Syria.

A worry of course is if Israel creates a false flag attack and blames that on Hezbollah.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“A worry of course is if Israel creates a false flag attack and blames that on Hezbollah.”

They are trying! Either Hezbollah or the Syrian Government…all you have to see is their comments this week about the site they bombed. Between that and the fake OPCW/UN statements this week shows they have not given up and want to do anything to bring on a full out onslaught.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Every time the SAA gains the upper hand the same US/Israeli, Nato playbook with silly stories about gas, attacks on peaceful Israel, mass murder etc is used again and again. Its rather like watching an old ‘B’ movie.

Unbelievable 🙂

Sadly all to many citizens in the US,Canada and other NATO countries actually think that the US is a force for good. Opinions are changing BUT only with people who have the ability to analyse and see through the fog of US propaganda.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Well said!

Marija
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Marija

Excellent article. It gives much needed education to all of us who look to get truly informed and educated and not just have our wishful biases confirmed. Thank you Duran!

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Must have missed the most RECENT attack. When and where exactly was it?

Marija
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Marija

today

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Golan Heights? So nothing new that it hasnt already been doing for the last half century?

Marija
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Marija

No, in northwestern Syria. Hama
But what are you saying: “It’s okay to bomb Syria if you have been doing that for a long time”?

Marija
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Marija

Syria dude, Syria. Israel has not been bombing Syria until the war started

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Never heard of Yom Kippur War , “dude”?

Marija
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Marija

That was the war that was over 40 years a ago. 40 years later, now ,Israel started bombing Syria under Russian umbrella.

I can spell it out for you any way you want, and you can try to pretend it’s not what is.

Jorge Bizarro
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Jorge Bizarro

There is another very plausible side to this story being ignored (may be voluntarily by Russia)…I call it the “Exocet” effect. Russia -like many others -uses third party circuits, components to build their SS300 SS400 missiles and other military equipment (like the US uses many ‘made in China’ components). It happens that they probably use INTEL processors and these ARE MADE IN ISRAEL and posses many back doors. What I think is happening is that these missiles are prevented from targeting Israeli planes. Iran found this some month ago with their SW300 and that is why they stop buying them… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Israel steals everybody’s technology and re-sells it.

sepheronx
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sepheronx

Not even close. They use DSP cores and predominantly Russian processors. Nice tin foil hat theory

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal
l3leach
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l3leach

Great analysis, though ally might not be the right word for their relationship.

Helen4Yemen
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Helen4Yemen

The prevailing idea is that the Russian “deep state” … is joined at
the hip with Israel because of its ethnic diaspora in the latter which
connects them both.”

What “ethnic diaspora”. I am lost, what is the author trying to say?

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

Many Russian Jews migrated to Israel

Helen4Yemen
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Helen4Yemen

But the Russians do not consider them one of their own, do they?

Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

I have to agree largely (as much as I hate it ) with the author. Putin has never shown any anti-Jewish or anti-zionist feeling that I can think off. And Russian Jews hold vast power inside Russia. Most of the powerful oligarchs in Russia (at least 8 out of 10) are of Jewish background.Many of Putin’s closest friends are Jewish Russians. And easily over half the 5th column leadership in Russia is of Jewish background.Those are just facts that can’t be denied.As much as I and others would “like” him to oppose Israel,I don’t see it. That doesn’t mean he… Read more »

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

You are apparently the only open eyed cool headed person here not commenting based on emotion.Great and truthful comment

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

His whole thing about China is BS. China sucks at forign policy

peterkellow
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peterkellow

The article is peppered with phrases like “There’s no use for anyone to seriously deny it anymore…” “this shouldn’t be a surprise for those who have even an elementary understanding…” “there was a prevailing unstated perception…” “A keen observer, however, would rightly note…” “Again, it can’t be emphasized enough how none of this should come as a surprise for objective observers,…” These phrases should be a red flag to “keen observers” [sic] that you are reading junk journalism. Rather than give facts he tries to make you feel stupid if you disagree. Like a lazy journalist he refers you to… Read more »

Marija
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Marija

Perhaps you missed the see entire alt-media industry that lives off telling people nice fairy tales about how Putin is going to crush Zionism and NWO

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

If Russia and Israel were allies:
1. Russia would no longer be under sanctions as a single phone call to Israel buddy could sort everything out overnight.
2. Russia would be able to get Trump to pull his head in and stop his aggressive behaviour towards Russia
3. Assad would have never become chums with Russia, nor invited them into Syria if they were Israeli allies.

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

Geopolitics is more complicated than this bro.Your points here are naive at best

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Drop the arrogance and address the comment.

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

that will be a waste of my time..As I said..Naive

Niall
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Andrew, you really need to get out more. I mean that seriously; physical work will do you good! This is another instance of you ‘over-thinking it’. You get ‘idées fixes’, then start ‘fitting the facts around the theory’. Like Pakistan being ‘holy’ to India’s ‘evil’. It’s classic black-and-white thinking.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“There are myriad possible reasons why Russia either doesn’t or can’t block Israeli transgressions”

The first reason is that Russia realizes that it is up to the Syrian Government to decide if it retaliates again as it did in March of this year: http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/03/syria-confirms-shooting-down-one.html

Second, here is an excellent analysis of its position as regards Israels latest strike: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-08/israel-launches-air-strikes-syria-and-assads-waiting-game

hvaiallverden
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hvaiallverden

This article made me almost puke, and the incestuous relationship, will shine thru, and I know Russia again will make the same mistake, once again lead astray, by some obscure and infantile fear of offending the scums of this earth, huh, how pathetic this game is, shows the ugly truth, Russia have no spine, what an shame. And again, the never ending use of narratives I find remarkable, anti-semit, huh, Jesus f…. Christ why do the apologist for ethnic cleansing, always pimp the f…. victim card in every bloody time we debate the terror state Israel. I can tell you… Read more »

santiago
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santiago

The Author uses his own past flawed stories as support for this piece, like if he is desperate to have unmatching pieces match

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

I don’t know about Russia and Israel being allies, but I do know they are NOT enemies. The relations between the two leaders and countries are “au beax fixe”, meaning very good. V.Putin visited twice Israel, and B.Netanyahu was received to Kremlin many times. The diplomatic relations were restored in 1991; the trade exchanges reached $5 billion in 2016. Russian tourists represent 10% of the 3 million tourists visiting Israel each year.

Helen4Yemen
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Helen4Yemen

How much more are the European going to squat on and leech off Arab land?
Palestine is not their grandma’s land, is it? Poland, Lithuania, Russia are.

Helen4Yemen
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Helen4Yemen

1530 THE COMPLETE DIARIES OF THEODOR HERZL

Russian Minister of Finance Witte told Herzl:

“I believe it is the fault of our government. The Jews are too
oppressed. I used to say to the late Emperor Alexander III: ‘Your
Majesty, if it is possible to drown the 6 or 7 million Jews in the
Black Sea, I have absolutely no objection to it. But if it isn’t
possible, we must let them live.’ That has continued to be my view.
I am against further oppression.”
_____________________
Russia and the rest of the European countries were elated with Herzl’s idea to make European Jewry other people’s problem.

Citizen Galactic
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Citizen Galactic

Duh! The recent attack referred to was missiles launched from Israeli planes that were over LEBANESE airspace. So as to specifically avoid being engaged by Syrian/Russian anti-air assets, IMO.
It was a stupid little temper tantrum by Israel and only shows their frustration that their Jihadi buddies in Syria are losing.

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

I have always wondered about 2 things. Firstly, why did Russia take so long to intervene in Syria? Had Russia intervened in Syria a year earlier that war could have been over by now with countless lives saved.Things did not change in Syria over night.It was clear from the beginning what was happening.Secondly these S300 that Russia kept denying Iran for so long.Russia knows that these Iran nuclear weapon thing is nonsense and fake.We saw the fake Iraqi accusations. So why deny a sovereign country the right to self defense for so long if they are genuine allies..Something doesn’t add… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“why did Russia take so long to intervene in Syria? ”

Answer: Because under International Law, Russia had to wait for a request for assistance from Assad’s government.

“these S300 that Russia kept denying Iran for so long.Russia knows that these Iran nuclear weapon thing is nonsense and fake.We saw the fake Iraqi accusations. So why deny a sovereign country the right to self defense for so long if they are genuine allies..Something doesn’t add up..The auther is right..”

Answer: Because Russia was obeying the UN sanctions against Iran. Once they were lifted the S300’s were delivered.
https://www.rt.com/news/342483-s-300-deployed-iran/
http://russia-insider.com/en/military/first-batch-russian-s-300-missiles-have-arrived-iran/ri15685
http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-02-20/russia-to-send-iran-1-billion-worth-of-missile-defense-systems/
https://sputniknews.com/military/201704291053142611-iran-russia-military-cooperation/

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I am aware that the S300 was delivered.So no point in posting all these links..Let me remind you..Sanctions never prevented Russia from delivering the S300..It was described as a “gesture of good will” to the west by Russia…So spare me the sanctions nonsense

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Then your original post asking questions is ridiculous and stupid. If you are not looking for answers, dont ask questions!

Turbofan
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Turbofan

“Because Russia was obeying the UN sanctions against Iran. Once they were lifted the S300’s were delivered.”

“Sanctions never prevented Russia from delivering the S300..It was described as a “gesture of good will” to the west by Russia”

“Then your original post asking questions is ridiculous and stupid. If you are not looking for answers, dont ask questions”..

Is that how you react when you are wrong?..You really need to grow up..

seby
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seby

Russia knows that israel is the military army base of the dying US empire. It’s just a matter of time. Russia has no interest to “protect” a mentally deranged ACQUAINTANCE. It sees where the tide is going. Its real allies are China and other BRICS countries, and pretty much the rest of the civilized world that doesnt have their heads up the arse of the rotting US empire carcass. Apparently when the lithuanian zionist ran screaming to Moscow on the last visit shouting that the racist state would not tolerate an Iranian influence in Syria, Vladimir replied “good luck with… Read more »

andron
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andron

Very smart and plausible analysis, which answered a lot of question and explained many extraordinary stances by Russia.
By the way I’d like to add to “Punisher1” list below the neo-oligarch Kirill Shamalov the son-in-law of V.Putin and Bibi’s fingers in the Kremlin; as Kushner is in the White house! I bet they compare notes about their respective stooges.
It is pathetic for some commenters to malign the author for his views, instead of presenting intelligent scouter-argument, for all of us to benefit from!

andron
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andron

Sorry, … counter-argument.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal
Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“There’s no use for anyone to seriously deny it anymore at this stage – Russia and Israel are allies in Syria, and Tel Aviv’s latest bombing raid proves it. None of Russia’s impressive world-class and state-of-the-art S-400 anti-air defense units were activated to stop it, but this shouldn’t be a surprise for those who have even an elementary understanding of contemporary Russia-Israeli relations” There are also unconfirmed reports that Syrian Defense Systems shot down an Israeli jet http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/09/unconfirmed-syrian-forces-shoot-down.html Why does everyone including Mr KORYBKO think that it is Russia that should respond?! Syria is a SOVEREIGN COUNTRY with an ability… Read more »

cap960
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cap960

I think Russia is allowing Israelis to act as Israelis. Once the Israelis have had their fun, Russia will have more ammunitions to deal with the Golan heights and Palestine problems. Who truly knows? Time will tell.

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Putin is smart enough to realize you have to have all the cards in your hand to come out with the best results. Israel is just a few of these cards. Also BiBi may be able to influence the neocon cabal that rules american foreign policy.

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

Just stop it please with your nonsense in regards to Russia-Israel being allies.
This is a second time you are trying to convince us, in some twisted ways, about Israel being Russia’s ally.
Russia doesn’t need criminal regime in Tel Aviv as an ally. Israel is a main initiator of Syrian destruction aiming to steal more land. It is simple as that.

GavinSealey
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GavinSealey

To suggest that Russia would not ‘in any circumstances’ directly oppose Israel in Syria is incredible. It would be a defeat for Russia if the Israelis were allowed to invade Syria or attack the presidental palace or major Syrian assets, particularly at this time. Of course Russia will avoid military confrontation with Israel and the US since such confrontation would hurt both themselves and the Syrians. To suggest that Russia sees Israel as a ‘catspaw’ against Iran is ungenerous and I think incorrect. It may be unhelpful to Syria’s future cohesion as a politically secular and culturally multifaith nation to… Read more »

Michael Green
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Michael Green

You people still thinks Issrael and the zionnist lobby don’t control everything??? They are the master minds behind every war ,and every decision around the world ! and every false flag job done by Mossad ,CIA and M16 .The Anglo-Zionnist joint venture …enslaving destroying the world .

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Trump’s CIA Now Unbound And Back To Its Traditional Hijinks

There is further evidence that suggests the neo-cons, in cahoots with Haspel at the CIA, set out to disrupt the Hanoi summit.

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Under the directorship of torture and black site maven Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency has returned to its traditional roots of conducting “black bag” operations and disrupting electrical grids through cyber-attacks.

The Venezuelan government has accused the Trump administration of giving the green light for a series of crippling power failures in Venezuela, which affected 22 of Venezuela’s 23 states, including the capital of Caracas. The long-duration power failures were cited by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a reason for the US withdrawing its diplomats from Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that an international commission assisted by specialists from Russia, China, Iran, and the United Nations would help his country analyze the sources of the Venezuelan electrical grid cyber-attack. Initial cyber-forensics by Venezuela traced some of the cyber warfare being waged against Venezuela to nodes in Houston and Chicago.

In addition to electricity, water service was disrupted in Venezuela. From Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Maduro tweeted on March 12: “From the Presidential Command Post, we monitored minute-by-minute the progress of the recovery of the National Electric System.”

Cyber-attacks on a country that puts its civilian population in jeopardy might, at first glance, appear to be a violation of the Geneva Conventions on warfare. However, without a Digital Geneva Convention, civilian populations are not covered by the current Geneva Conventions. However, in 2015, the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UN GGE), which included experts from the United States, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and other nations, agreed that current international law does apply to cyberspace. Most international legal experts agree that the Geneva Conventions require a digital annex to cover the type of cyber-disruption of the Venezuelan electrical grid carried out by the US intelligence services.

Hybrid warfare against Venezuela, which includes economic, diplomatic, and cyber, has the backing of the neo-conservatives who now call the shots for the Trump White House. They include, in addition to Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton; Iran-Contra felon Elliott Abrams, Trump’s special envoy to the US-backed opposition-led rump Venezuelan government of Juan Guaido; Cuban-American Mauricio Claver-Carone, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council; and Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, who represents the interests of South Florida’s right-wing oligarch exiles from Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

While Trump was preparing for his Hanoi summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump’s second summit with Kim, Haspel’s CIA dug into its old bag of black operations, while also engaging in the more modern form of cyber-attack in targeting North Korea.

On February 22, 2019, ten males, all wearing masks, broke into the North Korean embassy, which is located in the residential suburb of Aravaca, north of Madrid, Spain, and subjected eight embassy staff members to brutal interrogation tactics, including tying up the diplomats, throwing black bags over their heads (a specialty of Ms. Haspel), and subjecting them to beatings. One female diplomat managed to escape through a second-floor window and her screams alerted a neighbor, who promptly called the police. Two embassy employees required medical attention from their injuries.

The Spanish police and National Intelligence Center (CNI) linked two of the embassy invaders to the CIA. “El Pais,” a Spanish national newspaper, reported that the CIA issued one of its standard “denials,” however, the paper stated that Spanish authorities found the denial from Langley, Virginia to be “unconvincing.” “El Pais” reported that the invasion of the North Korean embassy by the CIA had severely harmed relations between Madrid and Washington.

The National Police Corps’ General Commissariat of Information (CGI) and CNI concluded that the attack and occupation of the North Korean embassy was not carried out by common criminals but was the work of a “military cell” that stole mobile phones and computers. Two of the embassy invaders were identified as Koreans and, based on CGI’s and CNI’s analysis of security camera video footage, they were further recognized as Koreans linked to the CIA. Spanish authorities did not rule out the possibility that South Korea’s National Intelligence Service assisted the CIA in the embassy invasion. The embassy invaders escaped from the embassy using two North Korean luxury sedans bearing diplomatic plates. The cars were later found abandoned.

The criminal inquiry into the incident is now before the Spanish High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, which could order the arrests of the embassy attackers and, if they are in the United States or South Korea, have Spain’s INTERPOL national bureau put out a Red Notice for their arrest and extradition to Spain to stand trial.

Spanish authorities believe the CIA’s embassy attackers were looking for information on Kim Hyok Chol, the former North Korean ambassador to Spain, who was declared “persona non grata” by the Spanish government in 2017. Kim Hyok Chol, a career diplomat from one of North Korea’s elite families who studied French at the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and speaks fluent English, is now one of Kim Jong Un’s trusted diplomatic advisers on nuclear talks with the Trump administration and he traveled with Chairman Kim to the failed Hanoi summit with Trump.

With certainty, Kim Hyok Chol thoroughly briefed Kim Jong Un on the CIA’s storming of his old diplomatic post in Spain. When Trump and Chairman Kim met in Hanoi on February 27 and if the issue of the CIA’s siege of the North Korean embassy was brought up, that could have been enough to derail the summit. Considering the fact that war hawks like Bolton, Abrams, and Pompeo are now calling the foreign policy shots for the Trump administration, the attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid, just five days prior to the Hanoi summit, may have been ordered by Washington’s neo-con cell with the intention of scuttling the second meeting between Trump and Kim and put on ice any future meetings.

There is further evidence that suggests the neo-cons, in cahoots with Haspel at the CIA, set out to disrupt the Hanoi summit. While Trump was meeting with Kim in Vietnam, the CIA is believed to have launched a cyber-attack on the Korean American National Coordinating Council (KANCC) in New York, an organization with ties to the Pyongyang government. KANCC is a non-governmental organization with offices in the Interchurch Center building, near Columbia University in Manhattan. It champions the dropping of US sanctions against North Korea, a sore point in Hanoi between Trump and Kim.

The Trump-Kim Hanoi summit was reported to have hit a roadblock over North Korea’s request for a partial lifting of US sanctions on North Korea, in return for the continued North Korean moratorium on nuclear testing and a partial freeze on production of fissile material. With the CIA’s attack on the North Korean embassy in Spain still fresh in the minds of the North Korean side and the neo-cons’ insistence, pushed by Bolton and Pompeo, for complete North Korean nuclear disarmament, the Hanoi summit was destined for failure. And, with Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo, and other dangerous neo-cons in charge at the White House and the State Department — and Haspel dancing to their tune at the CIA – North Korea and Venezuela are not the only countries currently in the gunsights of the Trump administration.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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