However, after huge pressure from 16 Jewish leaders from 14 Jewish organizations, (there are thousands of them), and Israel’s recalcitrance, Obama dropped his demand only 2 months later.
Vladimir Putin is doing this very thing in a resurgent Christian Russia, whose Christian roots and heritage of many generations are being reestablished in that nation’s cultural and religious life.
Although Putin told Clinton that a sanction resolution against Iran “was possible” — at the same time, (all smiles) — the Prime Minister cautioned Clinton that sanctions “do not always resolve the issue and in some cases could be counterproductive.” In other words, behind Putin’s smile, is pure steel.
By way of contrast in matters of foreign affairs, US President Barack Obama, (all smiles), in June 2009, demanded that Israel “freeze” all settlements in the occupied territories.
Putin, who also blocked the American programming of The Simpsons and South Park due to their “undermining of social mores,” then advised the station to produce a positive series on school life.
Working closely with Patriarch Kirill over the past year, Putin has arranged for the prelate to anchor his own television program, hold stadium meetings with Russian youth, and introduce a wide range of new Orthodox Christian curriculum in Russia’s public schools adding to the existing courses on Orthodoxy in spite of Jewish objections.