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Israel put in a tricky spot by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


In Israel, when someone is trying to tread carefully, it is said that they are “walking between the raindrops” – trying not to get wet.

For several weeks now, Israel has been walking between the raindrops as Russia wages war on Ukraine.

On the one hand is Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who regularly condemns Russia’s invasion. Shortly after meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday, Lapid said: “There is no justification for violating Ukrainian sovereignty and killing innocent civilians.”

On the other hand is Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Although he has called for a ceasefire, is sending humanitarian aid and has personally welcomed Ukrainian refugees landing in Israel, he has barely mentioned Russia or its President…

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