Bennett’s Meeting With Putin Was the Right Move, but What Can It Achieve?

For there to be any kind of mediation, both warring sides need to be open to some kind of deal. Everything Putin has said and done over the past 10 days suggests any sort of compromise on Ukraine is not on the table

Anshel Pfeffer
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Senior Israeli officials and cabinet members have been sending the message in the past few days that “It is a good thing that at this time there’s one state that has open ties with both Moscow and Kyiv. It could help save lives.” Before Saturday evening, when we learned that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had flown to the Russian capital to meet with President Vladimir Putin, it sounded just like another excuse for Israel’s rather shameful neutral position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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