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Israel Has Some Leverage Over Russia, if It Is Only Willing to Use It

Israel has offered to mediate between Russia and Ukraine, but doing that will require Israeli leaders to stop being so awed by Vladimir Putin, and recognize that they actually enjoy some leverage over Russia

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

The talks that began Monday between Ukrainian and Russian representatives on Ukraine’s border with Belarus don’t seem to be going anywhere. Russia refused even a symbolic cease-fire as its army continued to bombard Ukrainian cities and its military units continued trying – largely unsuccessfully – to advance deeper into the neighboring country.

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