February 11, 2016

Today in History: Soviet Union severs diplomatic relations with Israel (1953)

John RobsonResident Historian

It might seem surprising that as early as February 11, 1953, the Soviet Union broke diplomatic relations with Israel. 

After all, Stalin had backed the creation of Israel and helped save it with weapons in its 1948 war for survival, partly thinking Zionists were socialists and partly because of their conflict with the British Empire.

But evil and anti-Semitism consistently walk hand in hand, and a regime as loathsome as the Bolsheviks was naturally also anti-Jewish.


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commented 2016-02-12 21:17:20 -0500
Bravo, Andrew! you got it.
commented 2016-02-12 15:50:36 -0500
Greg Ficek so where are you with more lies about the Jews?
commented 2016-02-12 12:31:12 -0500
Considering that Stalin provided the Israelis with their excellent Russian Tommy guns, semi-auto carbines, and Maxim machine guns – when the UK, France, and the US were not that forthcoming – I’d say that the joke is on Stalin. He may have broken diplomatic relations, but they were restored as soon as Stalin’s corpse was, first pickled, and then shoved into a wall. (Even the Russians wanted to forget Stalin.) Russians maybe anti-semites, but they like working with Israelis – clandestinely, of course.
commented 2016-02-11 19:59:32 -0500
Good video, ProfRobson. The part on Japan was quite interesting.
commented 2016-02-11 16:31:18 -0500
Come on Andrew that’s Gerald Butts Grandfather on his Mothers side!
commented 2016-02-11 15:07:24 -0500
Japanese anti-Semitism was mostly a case of extreme Japanese nationalists in WW2 trying to find any sort of common ground, no matter how tenuous, with their Nazi axis partners. As a matter of fact, Japanese officialdom overall had been well disposed to the international Jewish community going back to the early stages of the Russo Japanese War, when of all western banks, only one Jewish bank in New York was willing to provide desperately needed foreign exchange war loans to a previously unknown to them client. The fact that Russian Jews were being very badly treated by the Czar’s crowd probably worked in favour of the Japanese getting their loans.
In the beginning, Stalin no doubt considered a new sovereign Israel as a valuable stepping stone in “the great game” that would give him access in time to the entire middle east as the British and French were driven out with his encouragement. The emotional reaction of many f Russian Jews to Israel’s rebirth no doubt converted his always smoldering paranoia to open flames and a complete reversal of policy was quickly ordered.
commented 2016-02-11 13:34:23 -0500
Despite having a major catastrophe in every generation, the story of the Jews and Israel is very remarkable, and it’s this same aspect that lefties loathe. Let’s say a homeless guy won the lottery… he’s be a hero of the left… but, let’s say someone started a business, worked their butt off and earned an amount of money equal to the winning lotto prize… this person would be enemy number one, for lefties.
commented 2016-02-11 12:18:53 -0500
I agree with every word you typed, except it won’t be Iran getting nuked by Israel , it’ll be a smaller but stronger European Union ,headed by Germany,then us Anglo Saxon tribes better watch out?
commented 2016-02-11 11:38:24 -0500
This was all in the past. Anybody who is anti Jewish in this day and age, has to be a Marxist, a Muslim, a Nazi or a Liberal.

Remember, when Iran begins to fire up their new Nuke, it will be Israel who blasts them all to hell.

Israel deserves our respect.
commented 2016-02-11 10:03:44 -0500
When did Notley cut its hair, get a suit, a hat and a moustache?? Or is that wynne?