Leaving aside the Duschenays, I don't see how either Kavaguti or Volosozhar are comparable to Shelepen or Bychenko. Both Kavaguti and Volosozhar relocated to Russia to pair up with Russian partners who were the best option for them. Both speak Russian. Kavaguti gave up her Japanese citizenship! They are actually more comparable to Allison Reed, who is now skating with Vasili Rogov, or the girl who is now skating with Krasnaploski - Davidovich, I think? If an Israeli skater needs to look abroad to find the right partner, I have no issue with that, though I would expect the partner to make a minimal effort to try and relate to the country and maybe learn a bit of the language. Isabella Tobias had to take a test in Lithuanian and still hasn't had her citizenship approved, I don't think it's too much to ask for skaters to at least be able to figure out what "the warmup is over" means when it is said in Hebrew. The IISF itself is sending the message loud and clear that it finds the local kids lacking in ability and unable to compete - look at which skaters they choose to support and under what conditions, and that will tell you all you need to know. I don't know how you came up with this strange theory about TAHbKA and I trying to "subvert the achievements Israeli skaters have made". We have done nothing of the kind, but have been quite consistent in our posts and in pointing out that the development of skating in Israel is harmed by the focus on bringing in skaters from abroad rather than developing it locally. The point is not what foreign fans think; the point is what Israelis think, and whether a local kid will be inspired to take up the sport based on what is currently happening. The goal of the IISF should be to make Israeli figure skating successful, and I don't feel their current approach is or will be effective in promoting that goal. Since you are not Israeli, I find your attempts to tell us what Israelis think and should think presumptuous and unfortunate.