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Israel Has a Lot to Lose From a Russia-Ukraine War

As one of the few countries to have close diplomatic ties with both Kyiv and Moscow, Israel will be aiming to stay on the sidelines if the two sides go to war

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

In his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi last October, Naftali Bennett offered to hold a summit between the Russian president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to a report by Barak Ravid in Walla, the proposal was made by the Israeli prime minister with Zelenskyy’s knowledge, but Putin turned it down. A few months earlier, Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a similar offer to Putin that was shot down as well.

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