Here’s a different perspective:
Soviet Era Moscow and “Putin’s Moscow” today both defend and represent a medieval political absolutism laced with criminal and kleptocratic features.
As long as Moscow’s role in engineering the invention of Arafat and the PLO goes unnoticed, and as long as it remains masked off from conversations like this one, there will be no solution to the “middle east conflict”. It’s a money maker for the leaders, clans, and cronies who sustain it at cost to the Palestinians.
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Danan, Deborah. “Gaza’s Millionaires and Billionaires — How Hamas’s Leaders Got Rich Quick.” The Algemeiner, July 28, 2014.
Greenfield, Daniel. “Palestinian Authority: 1,700 Hamas Millionaires in Gaza.” FrontPage Magazine, March 24, 2014.
Lightening, S. M. “4 Hamas Billionaires and 600 Millionaires Turning Civilian Suffering Into Hard Cash.” Jewish Business News, July 25, 2014.
Toameh, Khaled Abu. “How Many Millionaires Live in the “Impoverished” Gaza Strip?” Gatestone Institute, August 30, 2012.
Toameh, Khaled Abu. “How Much is Mahmoud Abbas Worth? Try $100 Million.” Gatestone Institute, May 18, 2012.