Recently, The grand mufti of Russia (the topmost Muslim cleric) has suggested to Putin of Russia to annex Israel and Mecca:
Presidential spokesman Peskov has obviously attempted to turn it to a joke. However, there are several considerations suggesting that Russians can have plans towards Israel and Saudi Arabia:
The grand mufti of Russia is a respected politician figure. He can't afford random bareword statements, since everything he speaks is backed by the opinion of a large Muslim community (14%, or 20 million) on the territory of today's Russia.
There were multiple occasions when high-ranked Russian officials made some unbelievable claims that turned true after a while:
- «Do not you dare shelling Baghdad! Let us better [smash] Tbilisi!» — Zhirinovsky, a Vice Chairman of the State Duma said in 2002, six years before Russia has invaded Georgia;
- «Complete destruction of Germany and arson of Paris» — same Zhirinovsky spoke in February 2015, nine months before November 2015 Paris attacks has occurred;
Note: video has been compacted; Full speech, 09:55
- Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian Neo-Nazi, a close Putin's advisor and ideologist spoke for armed invasion and annexation of Ukraine well ten years before it happened;
- Numerous KGB-sponsored semi-official gangs like Seliger camp claimed for Russia's right to other countries' territories. For example, these nice guys are wearing T-Shirts with logo of "Donetsk People's Republic" back in 2009, five years before the Russia's invasion to Ukraine.
Hence, the question: Are there any constituencies for the Russia's claims on Israeli territory?