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Israel's Difficult Balancing Act Between Ukraine and Russia

MIN READApr 14, 2022 | 16:11 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (R) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Feb. 20, 2022, in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (R) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Feb. 20, 2022, in Jerusalem.

(TSAFRIR ABAYOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel will attempt to remain neutral during the Ukraine war and offer diplomatic assistance to Russia and Ukraine in nonprovocative ways, positioning itself as a mediator to avoid Western pressure to impose sanctions on Moscow. This strategy may not, however, survive Russian escalation in Ukraine or Yair Lapid's anticipated assumption of the Israeli premiership in 2023....

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