The Kuznetzov Group of Russian warships has arrived. Positioned between Crete and the Turkey-Syrian coast, it begins a "major aeronatics exercise" tomorrow. The transparent goals are to rattle like a snake in the face of NATO and, while the US transitions to a new President, maximize military operations in Syria. As Russia's Prime Minister comes to Jerusalem tomorrow, one message to the Jewish State has to be, "buckle up."
Casting a somewhat jaundiced eye at the U.S. president election campaign, Israelis await news of today's election result with mixed feelings about the candidates, but confidence in the strength of Israel's relationship with the U.S. no matter who wins.
In the aftermath of last week's Israeli intelligence reports, US officials have placed parts of the US on high alert. The unspecified threat probably refers to terror attacks by al-Qaida, ISIS and cyber security attacks by any number of hacking entities - but with a special eye on Moscow.
Days before voters cast their ballots, Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States, has clarified his policies regarding a number of issues that are close to Israel's heart.
Israeli analysts are carefully studying the US presidential race for is possible impact on the Middle East. There are very different expectations for that impact between a President Clinton and President Trump.