From 2012 to 2014 we have seen events that appear part of a single sequence leading to Russia’s takeover of Crimea. For many of these, Israel and Russia’s interests coincide.
2012 Josef Ackermann joins Zurich Insurance to try to find kompromat on this blog author. This can help Russia and Israel quiet down this blogger.
2012 Snowden starts downloading. Russia and Israel often share American intel and both learned a great deal from the disclosures. America also feels more dependent on Israel while Russia gains a better relationship with China.
Aaron Swartz case does not go to trial risking exposing Stanley Fischer plagiarism.
Boris Berezvosky dies. This removes a source of exposure of Stanley Fischer.
Boston Bombing. Both Russia and Israel feel that terrorist attacks by Muslims in America makes America identify with them as allies against Islam and Muslims.
CIA outing in Moscow. US depends more on Israel and their reputation goes up while CIA looks like clowns. Same for Russian intel.
Snowden. US intel looks bad. That helps improve competence image of Israel and Russia in comparison.
Volgograd bombing. Helps build feeling in US on same side as Russia and Israel.
Russia invading Crimea. Crimea was headed for a Muslim majority and a possible breakaway to Turkey. That hurts Russia and Israel. Israel didn’t support US position in UN on Crimea. This suggests a deal between Russia and Israel. It also suggests they had been working together already on events related to Crimea. Those are the ones listed above.
This is draft and preliminary. The above is hypotheses and speculation. Comments and corrections welcome. Please restate as questions. All other disclaimers apply.