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Israel leaning toward supporting UN resolution condemning Russia, official says

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Representatives attend a UN Security Council meeting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on Friday, February 25, 2022, at UN headquarters. Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution demanding that Moscow stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops. Friday’s vote was 11-1, with China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstaining. It showed significant but not total opposition to Russia’s invasion of its smaller, militarily weaker neighbor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Representatives attend a UN Security Council meeting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on Friday, February 25, 2022, at UN headquarters. Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution demanding that Moscow stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops. Friday’s vote was 11-1, with China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstaining. It showed significant but not total opposition to Russia’s invasion of its smaller, militarily weaker neighbor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Israel is leaning toward supporting a UN General Assembly resolution this week that will condemn Russia for invading Ukraine, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

The Israeli official says that a decision to not co-sponsor a similar resolution on Friday in the Security Council was partially due to the belief that Russia was going to veto the measure anyway.

With the General Assembly resolution almost certain to pass, Israel feels like it will have a harder time justifying not supporting the resolution, the official says, while acknowledging that some in Jerusalem are pushing for a decision to abstain in the vote.

A source familiar with the matter confirms an Axios report that the US expressed its disappointment to Israel over Jerusalem’s decision to not co-sponsor last week’s Security Council resolution.

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