MENASourceAug 4, 2022
Russia is forming an alliance of pariah states in the Middle East. It might put Israel in an awkward situation in Syria.
By Ksenia Svetlova
For lack of other options, Russia is opening to Iran and is preparing to establish a new alliance of pariah states with the Islamic Republic—to the detriment of Jerusalem.
Ksenia Svetlova is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East programs and is a former member of the Israeli Knesset, a researcher, and a writer. She focuses on issues of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli-Arab relations, Russian influence in the Middle East, as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. She has covered the Middle East for fifteen years at Israeli TV, and has written for the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Haaretz, BBC Russian, Newsweek, Media Line, and other international media. She is currently leading an Israel-Middle East program at Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and teaches the course “Media and Change in the Middle East” at Reichman University.