Originally Posted by DreamWeaver
yet once the Soviets were backing Syria and Nasser in Egypt, I cant really see them going communist bloc
Never, in reality.
We can see two steps in the politics run by Moscow towards Middle East.
First step: until UK presence there was still a trouble, USSR considered Israel like the Arab states ... problems for UK power in the are to "feed".
Second step: after UK left the area USSR had to manage with US influence. at that point Israel, because of the pro US majority in the international Jewish community backing the Jewish state, was in the side of the West, so it was no more a potential ally for Moscow.