Manafort Revelations

The document showed that in October 2012 Manafort hatched a scheme to tarnish the reputation of Yanukovych’s opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, by spreading the story that Tymoshenko’s supporters were encouraging anti-Semitism and allied with an anti-Semitic party.

Oh, wow, so this was Manafort! I didn’t know that.

Even more interesting is who else participated in hatching the scheme:

Prosecutors say he collaborated with an Israeli official to spread the story that Tymoshenko was allied with anti-Semitic causes to make the administration believe “the Jewish community will take this out on Obama on election day if he does nothing.”

What’s really curious is that nowhere in the article is it mentioned that this was all done on Russia’s orders to sabotage a less Putin-friendly candidate. It all sounds as if Manafort and the “Israeli official” got together and hatched the whole scheme on their own.

Manafort gives enough of the story to make it juicy and provocative but keeps the most crucial parts to himself. The interesting issue here is why Israel is playing on Russia’s side against the US. But you can’t find an answer if you don’t discuss Russia’s role in this story.

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5 thoughts on “Manafort Revelations”

  1. \ The interesting issue here is why Israel is playing on Russia’s side against the US. But you can’t find an answer if you don’t discuss Russia’s role in this story.

    Do you have an explanation?

    As an Israeli, I am very curious. 🙂 And sure Israel knows Putin’s worth while treasuring our special relationship with US.

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  2. I think that Israel is playing on Israeli side.
    If participating in the crisis in some third country is useful for Israel, even if only through its potential influence on the US and its support for Israel – why is it so unthinkable that the Israelis would do it?
    (This statement is not anti-Israeli. One can substitute the names of several dozen other countries in this statement.)

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    1. The question here is why any of this is useful to Israel. What I suspect is that the massive presence of oligarchs from Russia and Ukraine in Israel is the answer.

      And please, don’t worry. You are the last person anybody would suspect of anti-Semitism here.

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      1. Thank you.
        But I actually do make a distinction between “anti-Israel” and “anti-Semitic”. And some people think THIS is already anti-Semitic…
        Have you read “Barney’s Version” by Mordechai Richter?

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        1. Anti-Israel in the sense of “Israel shouldn’t exist” is definitely anti-Semitic. Anti-Israel in the sense of “Israel does some bad shit sometimes” is not.

          I read Richter a very long time ago and remember liking him. But that’s all I remember.

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