Russia and Israel are now very close to each other – despite having clear political differences about Syria and Iran.
First off, the former Soviet Union is in a massive process of modernization and democratization.
The culturally rich Jewish population from the former Soviet Union has largely moved into the State of Israel. More than 1 million immigrants have moved from Russia to the State of Israel.
There are many interests that the two countries share.
The social bonds are just one factor. The other factors are the geopolitical reshaping of the map of the Middle East and the shifting balance of power in the Middle East where ISIS is a common enemy.
It will be interesting to note if Israel and Russia become closer and closer in the coming decades.