Monday, April 16, 2018

Israeli Analyst Says Putin Like Hitler of the 1930s But Not Yet Prepared for a General War

Paul Goble

            Staunton, April 16 – Vladimir Putin’s actions “resemble those of the early Adolf Hitler,” Rabbi Avraam Shmulyevich says. And like the Nazi leader, the Kremlin boss is testing his forces in smaller conflicts and seeking to raise a generation of people who are prepared to die for him and his ideas.

                The president of the Israeli Institute for the Eastern Partnership says world leaders should be worried not only about Putin’s current acts of aggression but also his continuing and intense efforts to transform his population through control of the educational system and the media in Russia (

            “One can compare [Putin] with the early Hitler of the 1930s,” Shmulyevich says on Espresso television, when the Nazi leader “step by step increased the military capacity of the Wehrmacht, carried out ‘pilot’ steps in Spain, Austria and Czechoslovakia and then began a big war.”

            “This in principle is what Putin said openly that he intends to do,” the Israeli expert continues.

            At the same time, Shmulyevich says he is “convinced that for the time being Putin ‘will not cross a red line’ in relations with the West.  It is possible there will be some local clashes” in which he will test his army against the American one but that the Kremlin leader will always pull back before things get out of hand. 

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