Israel 365: Moscow’s Basmanny District Court during a hearing over the weekend postponed by 30 days its verdict on whether to shutter the Jewish Agency for Israel’s operations in Russia, according to Russian media.

Russia claims that the Jewish Agency, which helps Jews immigrate to Israel, broke laws by collecting private data on Russian citizens.

The reports said that Jewish Agency lawyers asked for the additional time in order to gather evidence that the organization had not violated any laws, and to outline steps already taken to modify its activities in accordance with Russian Justice Ministry directives.

During a special meeting held in Israel on July 24 to discuss the matter, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that “closing the Jewish Agency offices would be a serious event that would affect relations.”

An Israeli delegation left for Russia thereafter following a significant delay caused by Moscow’s apparent unwillingness to issue entry visas.

Most analysts believe that Russia’s move against the Jewish Agency is either meant to punish Israel for speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine, or a pressure tactic aimed at dissuading Jerusalem from taking more concrete action in support of Kiev.

Opinion: This has been tried before:

Egypt 190 BC, ‘Let my people go’:

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3: 7-10

Does Vladimir Putin not know what happens to kings who oppress God’s people? Pharaoh learned the hard way when he refused to let the Jews leave Egypt after 400 years of slavery.

In all there would be ten plagues on Egypt: water turned into blood, frogs, gnats and lice, flies, diseased livestock, boils, thunder and hail, locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn of both man and beast.

The loss Pharaoh’s own son caused him to finally let God’s people go and ultimately Pharaoh himself would be overthrown (Hebrew, nâʻar, shake off) at the Red Sea (Psalm 136:15).

The Collapse of the Soviet Union, December 26, 1991:

The fall of the Soviet Union was blamed on many things including:

  • Jews had been persecuted in the Soviet Union through much of the 20th century
  • An attempted coup on the government of Mikhail Gorbachev on August 18, 1991
  • Soviet Union used much of its resources in maintaining Nuclear and military arsenals
  • Communist party was not accountable to the people as ordinary people became more knowledgeable through technology
  • The Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Could it be a coincidence that in 1990-1991, the last two years of the crisis that preceded the dissolution of the Soviet Union, approx. 400,000 Soviet Jews and their relatives left the USSR. Of these, 333,000 (83%) went to Israel?

Or could it be the collapse of the Soviet Union was a fulfillment of prophecy?

“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3