Russian Israelis Are Leaving Promised Land for Putin’s Russia
Many Russian Jews who arrived to Israel in the Putin era are finding it difficult to settle and are opting to go back to Russia
An interesting phenomenon is taking place in Israel. Russian Jews are leaving, often to go back to Russia.
Not all of them of course. Mainly it is the most recent arrivals. They are different from the typical arrivals from Russia in the late 1980s and the early 1990s in that they tend to be more affluent. In some cases their migration has been motivated more by politics (opposition to Putin’s third term) than search of economic opportunities.
Also these recent arrivals know and remember Russia not only as the poverty-stricken disaster it was in the 1990s, but also as the much more functional and consumerist society of the present.
Now enough of them are leaving that the Israelis daily Haaretz set to explore why that is so. It spoke to a number of such immigrants and reported impressions in a piece titled Why members of the ‘Putin aliyah’ are abandoning Israel.
The entire article is worth reading and to tempt you to do that we’ll reproduce one of the liveliest bits here:
Unlike the others I interviewed – who loved Israel but didn’t feel they could live there – Anton (not his real name), 39, says he is disgusted with Israel from an ideological perspective. A former journalist who now works in public relations, he came to Israel in 2015 with his wife and four children, and left about a year later.
“I came to the conclusion that Israel is a fascist state,” he says. “I don’t want to live in a country like that. I realized that nothing was going to change for the better here. An important factor in my decision to leave Russia was the desire to go with my children to a free country. And no, Israel is not a free country. I do not want to participate in what is happening here and have to take the moral responsibility for it. I am absolutely not interested in moving from the frying pan into the fire.”
“Without doubt Russia is an authoritarian country, but it is not a fascistic country. In Russia, it doesn’t matter what your surname is, what the shape of your nose is and what your name is, as long as you speak Russian reasonably well. In the middle class circles I travel in, people don’t care about this. It doesn’t matter whether I am Jewish, Tatar, Kalmyk, Dagestani or Arab. In Israel, it does matter.”
Alongside the ideological reasons, Anton also lists more practical reasons for leaving Israel: His family ended up in the West Bank settlement of Ariel and his attempts to find work there in his profession – PR and writing copy – were not successful. He worked at a factory and other blue-collar jobs, his wife didn’t work and they lived in semi-austerity. In contrast, there were many potential jobs awaiting Anton back in Russia, offering good salaries. Indeed, he started working at one of those jobs about a month after his return to Russia.
He doesn’t conceal his bitterness toward the attitude he encountered from veteran members of the Russian-speaking community in Israel. “In the Russian army, if it turns out you are a Muscovite they immediately punch you in the face,” he says. “
In Israel, the attitude is similar. If people discover you are a Muscovite, they treat you with a certain coldness. In principle, they can also punch you – it’s no problem for them. For some reason, they think we are a kind of privileged class of superior beings who, now we are in Israel, have to eat a bit of shit together with them. And they won’t hesitate to shove a plate of it under your nose.”
Apparently you can take a Russian out of Russia, but they’ll always want to punch a Muscovite in the nose.
Vladimir Putin Expresses Support For Israel During Bizarre Meeting With Jewish Rabbis
July 13, 2014
Even though it appears as if Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with some good pro-nationalist policies for Russia, this recent meeting he had with Jewish rabbis some of whom are Holohoaxers is difficult to defend. During the meeting Putin expressed support for Israel’s Operation Protective Edge which has resulted in the slaughter of over 100 Palestinians. They also discussed how they can fight neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism.
I do understand that Putin is a politician and has to deal with Jews diplomatically but clearly this meeting cannot be considered a positive development. It is hard to believe that Putin doesn’t know that everything that has been happening in Ukraine has been because of Jewish power. It is just bizarre that he would even agree to such a meeting. If we are to be optimistic, than perhaps he is just playing politics but even still it is hard to see anything encouraging about this story.
One item of interest is that during the meeting Putin reportedly said that Joseph Goebbels a leading German National Socialist figure during World War II was a talented man. Why he would make this statement during a meeting with a bunch of Jewish rabbis is anyone’s best guess.
From Community News Service:
Support for Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military effort to stop Hamas’ incessant rocket attacks against Israel’s civilians, is coming directly from the Kremlin.
“I am closely tracking what is happening in Israel,” Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked in a meeting on Wednesday with a delegation of Chief Rabbis and representatives of the Rabbinical Center of Europe.
The purpose of the meeting, according to the Kremlin, was to discuss joint efforts to prevent the rewriting of history, the fight against neo-Nazism and neo-fascism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
“It is important to discuss the subject of the Holocaust of the World War II era. There are Holocaust survivors among the rabbis, they have their personal, dramatic stories,” Rabbi Alexander Boroda, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, told Interfax-Religion.