There aren’t “two Americas,” or one. There are only none.

I’ve written in the past about the redrawing of alliances that is taking place amid a U.S.A. that’s M.I.A., with particular emphasis on the Orthodox-Christian and Jewish worlds. While America goes through its Superman III complex (that’s the one where he morphs into the corrupted “evil Superman” and uses his powers for ill), there’s a realignment that extends to places like China and U.S.-betrayed India, as well as to others who aren’t on board with Washington-Riyadh’s remaking of the world.

Last week alone brought a multi-part, microcosmic manifestation of the resulting, interim reshaping. And Amerabia will come to regret the world it created, when it finds itself alone after selling everyone and everything down the river in favor of a futile effort at an inter-species relationship. A relationship that is now therefore more freely emulated by other countries, particularly those unfairly marginalized by the West. It has all made for some interesting times. First the headlines, followed by the abridged items.

Sincere goodwill and an open friendship between Serbia and UAE (Dec. 12)

Air Serbia Launches Maiden Trip to Israel (Dec. 17)

Israel, China Economic Cooperation in Focus With Chinese FM Visit to Jerusalem (Dec. 19)

Putin Surprised Netanyahu With Expression of Support (Dec. 20)

Sincere goodwill and an open friendship between Serbia and UAE (Tanjug / InSerbia, Dec. 12)

BELGRADE – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, agreed on Thursday that there is sincere goodwill and an open friendship between Serbia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan…voiced confidence that the UAE’s investments in Air Serbia would be a good example for other prospective investors.

First Deputy Prime Minister Vucic…previously announced the sheikh’s visit as that of a friend, specifying that he would come with “considerable financial support that will be invested in kick-starting the Serbian economy.”

Air Serbia Launches Maiden Trip to Israel (Arutz Sheva, By Michael Freund, Dec. 17)


Maiden Air Serbia flight after landing at Ben Gurion Airport. Milica Vujovic, Serbian Embassy

In a sign of increasingly close ties between Serbia and Israel, the Serbian national airline launched direct flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv this week.

A spanking new Air Serbia Airbus A319 made the maiden voyage on Sunday. Among those on board the sold-out flight were Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović, Serbia’s Minister of Regional Development and Local Self-Government Igor Mirović, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yosef Levy and Air Serbia CEO Danny Kondić.

Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, Stefanović said he believes that “this direct route will boost tourism between the two countries”, while Kondic expressed the hope that the direct flights between Israel and Serbia would open new opportunities for Israelis looking for a hub city from which to travel to other global destinations.

Air Serbia will offer four weekly direct flights between Belgrade and Tel Aviv. Previously, flights between the two cities were conducted twice a week and stopped in Larnaca, Cyprus, which greatly inconvenienced travelers.

Israel’s relations with Serbia have grown very close in recent years, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman working assiduously to cultivate better ties. Earlier this year, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic visited the Jewish state.


Serbian Ambassador to Israel Milutin Stanojevic (left) and Serbian Consul Milica Vujovic (right) at Ben Gurion Airport greet the flight from Belgrade. Milica Vujovic, Serbian Embassy

Israel, China Economic Cooperation in Focus With Chinese FM Visit to Jerusalem; Iran Nukes Also on Agenda (Algemeiner, Dec. 19)


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Israeli President Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem, on December 19, 2013. Photo: GPO / Mark Neiman.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was offered an Israeli welcome fitting of a head of state this week, with meetings in Jerusalem with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on Wednesday and Thursday, as each side made it clear what they sought to gain from their budding alliance.

For China, the goal was commerce, and specifically, access to Israeli technological know-how. For Israel, the business angle is a boon, but its more pressing aim was to secure a strong international partner who can echo its concerns over Iran’s nuclear program to sometimes deaf ears in Washington.

At their meeting in Jerusalem, the Chinese foreign minister told Netanyahu that he had “come to pursue stronger cooperation between our two countries.”

“Our two economies are highly complementary, and the mutually beneficial cooperation between us enjoys a very bright future,” he said. “During your visit to China this year, Mr. Prime Minister, you reached a very important agreement with President Xi Jinping, and Premier Li Keqiang of China on how to further deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation between our two countries. I have come to explore with my Israeli counterpart on how to further implement all the important consensus and explore the various areas of even stronger cooperation between us so as to deliver greater benefits to both peoples.”

In that time since Netanyahu’s May visit, the two countries had signed a $400 million trade agreement, expanding bilateral trade to $2.05 billion; Chinese magnate Li Ka-Shing, among the nation’s richest billionaires, gave $130 million to Israel’s Technion University, to establish the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology, with Guangdong Province providing another $150 million for the campus — the first time a school from any other country has been invited to establish an entirely new academic college based in China; Tsinghua University sealed an alliance with Tel Aviv University to develop life sciences research and development in China, along with a 100 million yuan ($16 million) investment to seed ventures created by the program; Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, which bought Israeli medical equipment manufacturer Alma Lasers in April, announced plans to open an Israeli technology incubator; and, in December, Israel’s Tower Semiconductor, one of the country’s oldest, largest and most emblematic technology companies (it turns sand into silicon), signed a deal in China to expand the distribution of complementary metal–oxide–semiconductors into their market.

While the Chinese talked business, Netanyahu on Wednesday, and then Peres on Thursday, brought the conversation back to Iran:

“We believe that for the peace of the world, for the peace of the coming years and decades, Iran must be denied the capability – I stress the word – the capability to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “It must fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions. It must end all enrichment, dismantle its centrifuges, eliminate all stockpiles of enriched uranium and dismantle its heavy water reactor in Arak so that it will not be able to produce plutonium. I think that this is something that the international community in its entirety must stand firm on.”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said… “What is important now is for all the parties concerned, Iran included, to fully comply with their respective obligations and responsibilities prescribed in this deal and for all the parties to work together to uphold the international non-proliferation regime and for promoting peace in the Middle East region,” he said.

Experts watching the dance between Israel and China said the closer ties, on both fronts, make sense.

“The reality is the ideas, the joint ventures, the high technology, is all coming from the Chinese working with Israeli companies,” said Dr. Joseph Pelzman, Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law at the Institute for International Economic Policy the Elliott School, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C….

Prof. Pelzman, who spent the past year as a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, said that what the two countries also share is the same model, publicized by Israel in the 1960s, where the policy was to invest in public education and growth.

“Although lots of Western countries paid lip service to that theory, China really was the only one that ran with what Israel did, and used the Israel model to develop so quickly, and this has just been in one generation.”

But while China can certainly be at the table as a global economic power, the question of its influence, on behalf of Israel, in political matters remains to be seen.

“On one hand, the Chinese can certainly appear as honest brokers to the Arabs,” Prof. Pelzman said. “China doesn’t need their oil – they get all they need from the Russians, and the fields in Kazakhstan are close enough if they need more. And Israel has natural gas. The Arabs, except for the Emirates, have no technological innovation, anywhere. Meanwhile, the Chinese don’t have the long historical, European-based, anti-Jewish sentiment, while the Muslims in China have their own worries, so it’s not a question of having to appeal to any domestic concerns.” […]

Report: In Recent Meeting, Putin Surprised Netanyahu With Expression of Support (Algemeiner, Dec. 20)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was surprised by a forthright expression of support for the Jewish state from Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting last month in Moscow, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Friday.

Netanyahu had flown to meet the Russian leader in a last minute effort to prevent an interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers from being signed.

During the meeting, Netanyahu asked Putin to withhold support for the convening of a Nuclear Non Proliferation Conference the stated purpose of which would be to rid the entire Middle East of nuclear weapons, according to the report. In 2010, President Barack Obama first announced plans for the convening of this international meeting. However, due to Israeli pressure, America pulled its support for the initiative late in 2012.

Russia was and remains one of the Conference’s chief backers. Ma’ariv said that in his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu explained that a meeting with effectively the chief aim of dismantling Israel’s nuclear capability – the existence of which has never been confirmed by Israel – will harm the country’s vital national interests.

Netanyahu went on to explain to the Russian President that there will only be a place for the convening of such a meeting after peaceful relations have been established between Israel and Arab countries across the Middle East, Ma’ariv said.

At this point in their hour-and-a-half conversation, Putin surprised the Israeli Premier. “Russia will slow all efforts to convene the conference,” Putin promised Netanyahu, according to Ma’ariv. Putin went even further, making it clear to Netanyahu that Russia will not do anything to harm Israel. He added that despite the alliance between Israel and the United States, Russia stands by Israel.

The reported comments come as somewhat of a policy about-face, as four short months ago Putin stated that Israel should dismantle its nuclear capability. However, the devil is in the details of this apparent change in the official Russian position vis-a-vis Israel’s nuclear program. Specifically, Putin told Netanyahu that Russia supports the ‘slowing’ of efforts to convene an international Nuclear Non Proliferation Conference, not a complete cessation of such efforts.

In short, while Putin is taking the Israeli position into account, he fully intends to keep all options on the table.

Which is the Russian way. Russia works for Russia, just like other ‘great powers’ (’Nations have no permanent allies…only permanent interests’). After all, if historically Russia can screw Slavic Serbia more than once, what does it take to screw Israel? At least Russia doesn’t make pretenses about the nature of its relationships the way some countries I know do. Similarly, things may seem well between Russia and China, yet according to prophecy, China (along with India) will be first to respond when Russia ultimately chooses the dark side and leads Muslim armies into Israel. But for now, the battle between good and evil still rages within Russia. Which is better than giving over wholeheartedly to evil, the way some countries I know are doing. (See also “Putin and Netanyahu joining forces: History of poor relations fading as Israel and Russia focus on shared goals, needs” by Fred Weir)

The world is reshaping. Because even if Washington insists on permanent self-deception, other peoples of the world know that Christians and Jews have something in common: humanity. And that’s what makes them, together, infidels. And therefore targeted. The U.S., on the other hand, thinks it can find commonality with the inhuman. With the targeters. (Which explains why “the collapse of Christianity always follows in the wake of Western meddling,” as Lee Jay Walker and Helmut Joachim Schmidt wrote this month.)

And while Russia stands up for the Christians that America forsakes, it too makes deals with the Mohammedans. But the difference is that Russia doesn’t forget what it’s dealing with. (Ref. The Scorpion and the Turtle.)

A closing aside: Amid the political establishment’s ongoing frame-up of Russia for Amerabia’s own aggressions, it is notable that in 2010 when Bill Clinton fingered Israel as the cause of no-peace-in-the-Middle East, he singled out the Russian Israelis, calling them the key obstacle to peace.

(See also “Israel Recruits Russian Sharpshooters“; “Russia, Serbia and Israel“; “Putin’s Visit and Israeli-Russian Relations“; and “Bill Clinton is right: Israelis from the FSU are not really interested in a peace agreement. Certainly not the kind of deal he helped impose on Serbs in Kosovo.”)