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Immigration minister: Israel prepared to make ‘adjustments’ to keep Jewish Agency open in Russia

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata attends a press conference at the ministry's office at Ben Gurion Airport on April 4, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata attends a press conference at the ministry's office at Ben Gurion Airport on April 4, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata says Israel is prepared to address the Russian government’s legal claims against the Jewish Agency and to make whatever adjustments are necessary to allow the organization to continue operating in the country, following today’s initial court hearing.

“The government of Israel is giving the necessary legal assistance to the Jewish Agency to deal with the claims that were made against it by the Russian justice ministry, and I am sure that the issue will be resolved quickly. Even if this will require some adjustments — we are prepared for it,” Tamano-Shata says.

Earlier today, a Moscow district court held its first hearing in the Russian government’s case against the Jewish Agency, which encourages Jewish immigration to Israel. Little was raised in today’s hearing, but the judge scheduled the true start of arguments in the trial for August 19.

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