“The unique situation in the former USSR, and the fact that Jews predominated in the Soviet bureaucracy, provides another link in the rise of the mafia. Jews predominated in the earlier and more primitive black market in Russia, and thus these groups were physically more ready to take advantage of the crisis in Russia beginning in the mid-1980s. Jewish organized crime, connected to both the KGB and Mossad, automatically had the skids greased to remain off the radar screen for allied intelligence agencies.”
— Dr. M. Raphael Johnson PhD.
It is always difficult to approach subjects regarding Jewish and Zionist activities without being accused of anti-Semitism, most usually by academics and mainstream journalists who are desperate to maintain their careers. But in order to explore dispassionately any influences which become detrimental to the whole, no subject can be ignored. Yet, the buffers surrounding Israel politics and Jewish discourse are substantial creating an almost impassable hysteria that prevents any constructive criticism.
One point of contention which is obvious to anyone who has perused cultural history and politics is the fact that Jewish presence in the US is so closely aligned to the media, Hollywood and most notably, the pornography industry.Not a problem in itself – unless of course Zionism begins to overshadow it. And since 80 per cent of digital crime may now originate in some form of organised activity it is highly probable that that organised crime – thus an already present Russian-Jewish dominance – is extended into the digital and internet domain. This is resulting in the creation of online pornography empires and their links between escort sites and human trafficking and organised crime.
As we have briefly explored the nature of the MOSSAD, the sayanim network and the ruthless nature of Zionism as a political movement, then it become logical that centres of organised crime and affiliated domains would be targeted. Or, as Nathan Abrams explains in The Jewish Quarterly:
“… there’s no getting away from the fact that secular Jews have played (and still continue to play) a disproportionate role throughout the adult film industry in America. Jewish involvement in pornography has a long history in the United States, as Jews have helped to transform a fringe subculture into what has become a primary constituent of Americana. These are the ‘true blue Jews’. […] Though Jews make up only two per cent of the American population, they have been prominent in pornography. Many erotica dealers in the book trade between 1890 and 1940 were immigrant Jews of German origin.” 
You can read just how far Jewish culture has dominated pornography by reading the full article HERE
As Abrams mentions in his essay, it is the self-confidence, intelligence, adaptability and “Chutzpah” that made the pornography industry an obvious choice to make huge profits as well an undercurrent of “atavistic hatred of Christian authority.” Quoted in Abram’s essay is ADL’s National Director and holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman who commented: ‘Those Jews who enter the pornography industry have done so as individuals pursuing the American dream.’” Which is why we must question the genesis of that dream and by how much such adaptability and geopolitical opportunism has gained ground within the context of organised crime.
The B’nai B’rith’s powerful Anti-Deformation League (ADL) is one of the most well-known Jewish organisations that benefit directly from such largesse, acting as a key channel in providing finance to Russian-Jewish Mafia’s entry into American society. Consequently, the ADL was instrumental in persuading the FBI to call off investigations saying that it would “foster anti-Semitism” and prejudice Americans against genuine “Soviet-refugees.”  Successfully masquerading as a civil rights body countering anti-Semitic attacks, it is, in reality, a front for MOSSAD and the Zionist apparatus within America; the Russian-Jewish mafia, inescapably inside its inner workings. Even a former ADL General Counsel, Arnold Forster admitted “… that he was often a ‘source’ for the Mossad Israel’s CIA.” 
As the Russian economy collapsed so the black market provided support based on “brotherhoods” within the gulag system which were then transferred to the mainstream markets. This impenetrable and highly secretive network was ready to extend its reach far beyond Mother Russia:
Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s famous bill, the Jackson-Vanick law, linked Soviet trade privileges to the treatment of Soviet Jews. It was a bill lobbied heavily for by American Jewish organizations. And while non-Jews could not emigrate from Russia, Jews could. Quickly, the KGB took this opportunity to dump its hardcore criminals into the United States, many who were Jewish, as conservatives cheered, believing, naively as usual,to have scored a major victory against the USSR. Much of the Jewish mafia’s penetration into the United States came as a result of these Soviet “boatlifts,” which were partially financed by groups such as the ADL or the Hebrew Aid Society. 
As we have seen, the roots of Jewish organized crime go back to Tsarist times and beyond with a monopoly on slave trade and usury. Zionist crime syndicates gave Lenin a helping hand securing financial wherewithal from bank robberies and extortion rackets. Bolshevik ideologues and Jewish organised crime syndicates were often joined at the hip since their intimidation methods were essentially the same.
Under Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s, the Russian economy was effectively driven by the black market, and it was to be an easy transition for the Russian-Jewish mafia to capitalize on the death throes of an aging political and ideological dinosaur. As we are seeing in the United States, the fact that the economic infrastructure did not totally collapse in 2008 is partly due to this underworld crutch that fuses with the global financial architecture. Like Russia, it too will collapse from a variety of domestic and international factors, but unlike Russia, it does not have a strong state infrastructure to regain its place in the world. When the collapse comes, is likely to take an inordinately long period of time to recover.
The links between Israel, America and the Russian mafia go further. Apart from the historical ties between Russian and Israeli Jews there are other more disturbing reasons for the rapid international growth. In the 1970s, under pressure from Zionists within Washington the Soviet Union granted permission for Jews to emigrate. According to Friedman’s research the Communist leaders “… took this opportunity to empty its jails of thousands of hard-core criminals, dumping vast numbers of undesirables … on an unsuspecting America, as well as on Israel and other Western nations.” 
While thousands of legitimate Russian-Jewish immigrants entered the United States many were rapists, murderers and ex-mafia henchmen who had been jailed along with communists after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. No questions were asked. These and other criminals established their bases in Brooklyn, Miami and later Los Angeles. By now, their influence extends across the United States with a clearinghouse in New York where blackmail, extortion, money-laundering, human, sex and drug trafficking are organised.
Laura Radanko, who is also Jewish, has built on Friedman’s research on the Russian-Jewish mafia. Regarding the emigration of Soviet Jews under Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s she also confirms that: “… thousands of hard-core criminals, many of them released from Soviet Gulags by the KGB, took advantage of their nominal Jewish status to swarm into the United States.” Furthermore: “In the 1970s, more than forty thousand Russian Jews settled in Brighton Beach. It was under the shadow of the elevated subway tracks on Brighton Beach Avenue, bustling with Russian meat markets, vegetable pushcarts, and bakeries, that the Russian gangsters resumed their careers as professional killers, thieves, and scoundrels…”
What is curious is that the FBI did not set up a dedicated task force until 1994 underscoring the fact that federal authorities in general have been remarkably slow to react to this mafia invasion. It seems were it not for their “own sluggishness in addressing the problem, the Russian mob in the United States would never have become as powerful as it is today.” Friedman states according to an FBI spokesman, that despite there being some five thousand “hard-core Russian criminals” in the New York region [as of 2000] “The Russian Mafia has the lowest priority on the criminal pecking order.” 
Such a cozy relationship with American and European intelligence and a virtual immunity from prosecution it is little wonder they have rocketed to the top of the organised crime league tables.
Brighton Beach | Ruskiy Narod, Eto Ruskaya Brigada
The Albanian gangs working in concert with the Cosa Nostra – the Sicilian mafia; the Chinese “Snake-heads,” and the high society connections of the Japanese Yakuza all play a significant part in the management, organisation and profits of the underworld economy. However, the Russian Godfathers still control 70 per cent of the Russian economy, with operations in up to 50 countries including Macau, China, illegal drug and car theft trafficking in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, money laundering in Cyprus, Israel, Belgium and England, trafficking in nuclear materials and prostitution in Germany. In Freidman’s words: “Italian organized crime in America is a pimple on a horse’s ass compared with Russian organized crime in America—and globally,” [The Russian Mafia]….have something no crime group in the world has. They have their own state to work from, in fact, a former superpower.” 
They also continue to run their global operations out of Israel with comparatively very little interference from the authorities. Estimates from Israeli analysts place the investment of the Russian-Jewish bosses in the Israeli economy at about $20 billion since the late 1970s. This explains why Israeli law enforcement remains apathetic in the face of such financial dividends and by extension, may even encourage mafia influence within its borders. 
Jewish investment in the weapons industry and global arms trade allows Israel to covertly support many so called “terrorist” groups such as Al-Qaeda, Colombian FARC, Kosovo’s KLA, and Islamic Jihadist groups of many denominations, all of which serve to accrue huge profits while serving ideological objectives for a “Greater Israel.” With financial dependency there is always control, hence the tradition of usury and banking where successive Israeli governments and their agencies can act in favour of their geo-political interests without recourse to official policy.
Since media outlets are largely controlled by the Zionist Establishment and thus the MOSSAD it is unsurprising that the public rarely hears a word about Russian-Jewish oligarchs such as Ukrainian and Soviet Jewish immigrant Marat Balagula who ran businesses in Brighton Beach named “The Odessa” a notorious hub for Russian Jewish workers assisting him in the running of prostitution, drugs trafficking, tax evasion schemes and petroleum distribution rackets.
Robert I. Friedman mentions a former associate who saw Balagula as a man who “had a heart” though the overall consensus is that this a rather scary character, like most criminal psychopaths:
“Marat was the king of Brighton Beach. He had a Robin Hood complex. People would come over from Russia and he’d give them jobs. He liked professional men. Guys came over and couldn’t practice medicine or use their engineering degrees. He sought them out. He was fascinated with intellectuals. He co-opted them. He put them into the gasoline business, he put them into car washes or taxi companies. He’d reinvest his own money in their business if they were having trouble.”
He was released from prison in 2004 after serving various convictions for gasoline bootlegging and credit card fraud. He obviously didn’t quite have the clout of one Semion Mogilevich, described by Friedman as “the world’s most dangerous man.” A Jewish Ukrainian now based in Hungary, he is widely known to be the head of the Russian Mafia groups having particular input in arms dealing from his hungarian base and human trafficking and prostitution rackets in Israel.
According to Wikileaks, Mogilevich has been connected with corporations that include RosUkrEnergo, Raiffeisen Bank, and Russia’s state energy company Gazprom. Mogilevich was said to be a long term arms supplier for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) famous for its atrocious human rights record.  The Mafia conduits for such activities serve as the middle-men between banks that are well-known for laundering money. Russian-Jewish oligarchs who are embedded in, or have substantial ties in the Russian Mafia itself can thus grease the wheels at either end of the legitimate and non-legitimate spectrum of business interests. The inability of NGO’s, governments and international organizations to regulate global arms imports and exports is allowing a bonanza for so-called legal and illicit arms sales of the type mentioned above. In fact, turning a blind eye is a necessary corruption that allows all concerned to prosper. Except of course, for civilians and civic society in general who remain squeezed between the state and criminal psychopath.
An Amnesty International report states that Israel is a dominant player in the international arms market, with “two thirds of its weapons production going to export” and topping the list of the 100 leading arms companies in the world. Israel’s four companies are: Elbit, RAFAEL, IMI (Israel Military Industries), and IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries). The report mentioned sales of weaponry from the United States to Israel, “… which … uses these arms in its military actions in the Palestinian territories, resulting in the death and injury of thousands, all in violation of the international humanitarian law.” Reference is also made to the selling of the US made Apache attack helicopters which included “… sub-systems manufactured by companies in Britain, Holland, and Ireland, which under the European Union regulations should not have allowed the direct sales of these arms systems to Israel.” 
For such a tiny country still embroiled in debate about the legitimacy of its historical existence, it seems to have a wildly disproportionate role in arms trafficking and official sales if we forget that it remains the seat of operations for the Russian-Zionist mafia. Contemporary Russia is all but controlled by the Mafia with frequent power struggles between government and the oligarchs. When extreme capitalism enmeshed with organised crime creates disorder there are opportunities for all. Analysts believe that seven Russian-Jewish business men in Russia “…control virtually half of the companies whose shares are rated the highest at the national stock market.”  In the last twenty years, the so-called “Big Seven” were: Rem Vyakhirev (Gazprom), Boris Berezovsky (Logovaz), Vladimir Gusinsky (Most Bank), Vaghit Alekperov (Lukoil), Alexander Smolensky (Stolichnyy Bank), Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Rosprom /Yukos Oil), Andrey Kazmin (Sberbank) with Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska gaining significant ground at the turn of the millennium.
The power of oligarchs diminished significantly after Vladimir Putin became president, with many coming under fire for various illegal activities, most notably tax evasion from businesses they acquired. However, it is widely speculated and believed that the charges were also politically motivated, the tycoons having fallen out of favour with the Kremlin. Vladimir Gusinsky (MediaMost) and the late Boris Berezovsky both escaped penalties and possible imprisonment by leaving of Russia, while the most prominent, Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Yukos oil), was arrested in October 2003, and sentenced to 9 years, which was subsequently extended to 14.
Then there are the “recognized” gangsters tracked by the U.S. government which include: Monya Elson, Evsei Agron, Emile Puzyretsky, the Nayfeld brothers, the aforementioned Marat Balagula and Semion Mogilevich, the Zilber brothers and Vyacheslav Ivankov.
In April 2005 the Russian-Jewish Media mogul Vladimir Gusinsky was implicated in a money laundering scam after the arrest of 25 staff at Hapoalim, in Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest commercial bank. Gusinsky reportedly owns 27 per cent of Maariv (or Ma’ariv) Holdings, a big Israeli newspaper publisher. According to the Wall Street Journal Arnon Perlman, spokesman for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, was vice chairman of Maariv Holdings. The New York Times quotes Jonathan Nitzan, associate professor at York University: “Many politicians there [Israel] are financed by organized crime, and Israeli politics has been penetrated very deeply by Russian money…” 
Indeed, the Russian mafia has taken advantage of Israel’s liberal immigration and banking secrecy laws to join the money laudering operations using immigrants as couriers or fronts. South Americans, Israelis and international diamond dealers are believed to have long used Israel as a money-laundering safe haven. The Israeli banking system offers limitless possibilities for recycling dirty money. Israeli banks have off-shore branches and firms in Europe, the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and Southeast Asia, effectively guaranteeing anonymity for deposits in hard currency, free circulation of funds throughout the world, and the possibility of converting them into gold.
It was only in 2002 that Israel passed some fragile money-laundering laws and was taken off an international register of nations blacklisted for extensive involvement in money laundering operations. $2.5 billion to $4 billion of laundered money has been funnelled through Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Israeli police sources cited in one recent press report quoted an estimate of “… $5 billion of Israel’s $17 billion in foreign exchange reserves may be attributed to money belonging to Russian organized crime.” The Cocaine Triangle being a classic example, where underworld networking with Colombian drug barons funnel the money, ($8 billion in 2011) the Israelis launder it and the Russians provide the security and the muscle. 
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the exporting of Capitalism has been taken up by the Russian underworld in particularly ruthless fashion. Corruption, which was always a factor in the Communist State is now completely out of control. Some estimates range from 3,000 to 5,000 organized crime gangs within Russia which outnumber the size and scope of Organizatsiya syndicates. Stalin even took advantage of the “Organizatsiya” (The Organisation) for subduing his own population until he realised that they were cast from the same mold and thus rather difficult to control. Due to the endemic nature of crime networks the vast financial resources from armaments sales were plundered and sold to the highest bidder. Even the substantial reserves of Gold bouillion had all but vanished from Russian vaults by September 1991.
As writer David Guyatt outlines, this was all part of a policy of asset stripping:
“Gradually it became clear that the massive quantities of exported Roubles weren’t just coloured paper. Almost worthless on the international market they were repatriated through some of the 260 Mafia controlled banks that sprung-up around the country. Having gone full cycle from export through to repatriation, the laundered Roubles, now viewed as inward “investment”, were used to capitalise and finance the explosion of crooked Joint Venture companies that had mushroomed in the meantime. There followed a massive spending spree that continues to this day.” 
The sheer scale and speed of this mafia control is only understandable when the corruption of the Communist regime and the Bolshevik roots of this crime wave is seen for what it is: an unbroken succession of generational ties which broke like a damn in the wake of Glasnost and Perestroika and flowed into every domain of Russian business and government.
As is ever the case, women and children are still bearing the brunt of money laundering and the massive inflow and outflow of cash from narcotics and weapon sales which are used to further expand the industry in the sex trade. Ordinary Russians are destitute while Moscow is officially the fourth most expensive city in the world. And with prostitution among children rocketing, the defence of the innocent has long since taken a back seat in politics while a warped capitalism is feeding on the bodies and minds of a lost generation. Or to put it another way: “A 12-year-old girl, found on the street in Saratov [Russia] by police, said she was in prostitution to raise enough money to buy a Barbie doll.” 
The CIA had a vested interest in destabilizing the Soviet Union by any means necessary and did so not just by embroiling Russia in the war in Afghanistan, but allowing the seeds of decay to be facilitated with break-neck speed via the crime networks. The US knows very well that Russia is a key supplier of arms to China and has acquired the top place in oil and natural gas extraction thus holding unique bargaining advantages. Although the Cold War ended on September 11th the Islamic war shows that the Players still have a full deck of cards.
Although there has been an enormous amount of Western propaganda directed at Vladimir Putin, he has done his level best to find the balance between confronting this criminal overworld and maintaining and developing Russia’s socio-economic integrity. Not an easy task.
Back in the early 2000’s, Putin and the late Ariel Sharon were two individuals continuing the tradition of a particular financial strategy. In exchange for technology secrets from the Israeli spy rings in the US, a mass exodus of Russian Jews were to be allowed safe passage via routes which will bypass America in favour of the West bank. It was noted on several occasions in the MSM Sharon’s close ties to Putin. From a Pravada report back in 1999: “We highly appreciate Vladimir Putin’s policy and his personal guarantees, with which he repeatedly sides when the Israeli security is a matter of concern.” And with good reason. Russia also has the world’s largest oil reserves; more timber than the Amazon and substantial resources of gold, gemstones and other mineral wealth. Sharon and the US Zionists, ever on the prowl for leverage and control, see Russian politicians and the Mafia stronghold as assets for a number of opportunities. Though Ariel is dead, Prime Minister Netanyahu has extended the ties to the Russian-Jewish Mafia and built on Sharon’s relationships. However, Putin’s national and foreign policies may yet begin to chafe against Russian-Mafia and Zionist designs. Putin has an extremely complicated legacy of Old Mother Russia, the parasitical nature of the Jewish-Russian oligarchs and the present US-NATO hegmony. That’s a lot to juggle for so long.
Discarding the front of international concerns and foreign policy issues, we can see that there is another agenda at play. Notwithstanding the Israeli government’s links to Russian/Jewish mobsters, it has been reported that Sharon became a soviet asset as far back as 1981.  The deal is that Russia and by default, Israel riding on its back, gains a substantial foothold in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Obviously key to Russia’s role is to remain a major player despite the aggression from US-NATO forces attempting to bait the Bear into a Cold War re-enactment. By getting the US to fight its wars and with the straddling of resources from Russia from both politicians and the Mafia, Israel and its long-term agents at strategic places in various nations continues to provide enormous leverage.
As we can see with the recent shell game of Zionist gold confiscation, financial warfare and ultra-right wing politics in the Ukraine, Putin has managed to play a very clever geopolitical game by cutting off the head of US-NATO’s imperial designs. He has also managed to retain his popularity in his native Russia. As ex-KGB, Putin is no fool. He knows that Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs straddling oil and gas are largely Jewish and/or Zionist and he also knows that the Jewish Dissidents who helped topple the U.S.S.R. remain connected to the socio-political typography of the New Russia which is effectively a Russian-Jewish mafia state. Ukraine has a Second World War history of Jewish persecution yet, how the tables have turned. Just as Zionists and Jewish fascists are in control in the occupied territories, so too has the dominance of Russian-Zionist mafia gained control of Ukrainian culture. Meantime, US-NATO games have installed an ultra-right wing government which swings to the other extreme, effectively allowing the genuine threat of anti-Semitism against ordinary Jews to mask a long known Zionist take-over of Ukrainian culture. Putin knows how to manage the field without causing so many fractures that threaten his power. And Russia is what matters most to him most. How long he can continune to manage these forces arraigned against him is anyone’s guess.
Meantime, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to deliver on the legacy of Sharon and quite a bit more. This is where the prophecies of Chabad Lubavictch and the coming of the Mélekh ha-Mashíah have worked their way into both hard line Zionism and the fortunes of both the Eagle and the Bear.
 See previous post: Nathan Abrams, The Jewish Quarterly 2010.
 ‘Jewish Group’s Tactics Investigated’ By Jim McGee, Washington Post, Oct. 19, 1993.
 ‘The Judeo-Russian Mafia: From the Gulag to Brooklyn to World Dominion’, by Y M. Raphael Johnson, PH.D. Barnes Review, May 27, 2006.
 op. cit. Friedman (p.66)
 op. cit. Raphael (pp.65-66)
 p.7; ‘Eurasia’s Organized and Transnational organized Crime’. Jason D. Soderblom, World International Community Experts, September, 2005.
 ‘A Tale of Gazoviki, Money and Greed, by Hans Martin-Tillack, Stern Magazine, September 2007 | “Wadih el Hage, a top assistant to Osama bin Laden who is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, visited Hatton Garden in the lead-up to 9/11 to raise funds for Al Qaeda by smuggling tanzanite gems from Tanzania. The Sunday Express reported that Al Qaeda financial front men associated with the Islamic charity, Mercy International Relief Agency, used Irish bank accounts to transfer money to Warsaw. The transactions were ultimately traced to a bank associated with Russian-Israeli mafia chief Semion Mogilevich, who was linked to the Marc Rich Benex-Bank of New York scandal. A senior FBI agent said, ‘Mogilevich is into more bullshit than you can shake a stick at.’ Some of the funds transfers, picked up by National Security Agency and British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intercepts, were likely used to fund part of the 9-11 attacks. – p. 167; Jaded Tasks: Brass Plates, Black Ops, & Big Oil By Wayne Madsen, Published by Walterville, OR: Trine Day, 2006.
 ‘Amnesty: Two thirds of Israeli arms – for exports’ YNet. February 10, 2006.
 ‘Capitalism in the New Russia’1998, Daniel W. Michaels, (a Fulbright Scholar and U.S. Defense Department Analyst)
 ‘Huge Money Laundering Operation Discovered at Tel Aviv Bank Branch’ by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne’eman Staff, http://www.chareidi.org | Wall Street Journal pA18 March 8, 2005.
 International Crime Threat Assessment Chapter III: “Israel.”… “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Israel has become a significant operating area for Russian criminals, who take advantage of Israel’s large Russian immigrant community of more than 600,000 to conduct criminal activities in Israel and abroad and launder illicit proceeds. Several international criminal figures from Russia, Ukraine, and other NIS have obtained Israeli citizenship and passports, often fraudulently, for the purpose of establishing a safehaven in Israel and to facilitate their international travel. According to press reports, Israeli police officials have estimated that 10 to 15 organized crime groups from the former Soviet Union, including Solntsevo, have a presence in Israel. Russian criminals who have obtained Israeli citizenship appear to believe they are protected from foreign law enforcement investigations and that they will not be extradited to a foreign country to stand trial for crimes committed there. | http://www.clinton4.nara.gov/WH/EOP/NSC/html/documents/pub45270/pub45270chap3.html
 TrustLaw Scrapbook – $8bln laundered each year in Colombia’ By Anastasia Moloney, September 21, http://www.trust.org/
 Lt. Andrei Demikhov, Alessandra Stanley, ‘Russian Cities Weigh Legalization of Prostitution’ 3 March, 1998.
 ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ “ Organised crime in Russia is out of control. Criminal “brigades” own everything of value and can “acquire” any commodity in any quantity if the price is right. Ferocious criminal gangs ship out nuclear warheads with the same aplomb that they plunder train-loads of stolen bank-notes. Fearless and ingenious they even ripped-off Russia’s entire gold reserves.”By David Guyatt | http://www.deepblacklies.co.uk/gangsters_paradise.htm
 op.cit. Stanley.
 ‘Sharon and His Mafiya Allies Plot Israel Election Theft’ By Jeffrery Steinberg, January 10, 2003 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. “With Rich and the Russian Mafiya’s ties extended all the way up into the Office of the Vice President of the United States, it is no wonder that Ariel Sharon boasts that Israeli-American ties have never been tighter.”