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Daily Briefing Feb. 27: Israel walks diplomatic tightrope between Ukraine and Russia

ToI editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman discuss Israel’s awkward diplomacy in Eastern Europe, and an update from Zelensky’s former aide

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz and diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman join host Jessica Steinberg.

Berman discusses the diplomatic tightrope being walked by Israel with regard to its relations with Ukraine and Russia. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid have been conducting a good cop-bad cop routine, offering aid but concerned about Israel’s need to work with the Russian military presence in neighboring Syria.

Horovitz comments on his interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky two years ago and his conversation Saturday night with Zelensky’s former press secretary regarding the situation in Ukraine and expectations for how and when the situation will end.

Berman also speaks about his plans to head to Poland later Sunday, where some Israeli diplomats from Ukraine have temporarily relocated.

Horovitz mentions Israel’s recent diplomatic crisis with Poland vis-à-vis Holocaust restitution, and its moves to end the rift given the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Discussed articles include:

PM talks with Ukraine’s Zelensky, again refrains from condemning Russia in statement

Hundreds of Israelis flee Ukraine by land, as Lapid orders to keep embassy in Lviv

Ex-Zelensky aide to ToI: Putin wants to own Ukraine; world must do more to deter him

A plea to the free world, US and Israel: Tell Putin that Zelensky must not be harmed

A serious man: Zelensky bids to address Ukraine’s dark past, brighten its future

Israel moves to end rift with Poland amid Ukraine fighting, sends envoy to Warsaw

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