Israeli leaders meet to discuss implications of Russian invasion

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

The Israeli leadership meets to discuss the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and decides to persist in its efforts to get Israeli citizens out of the area and to prepare to send aid to Kyiv.

The meeting is led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and attended by Defense Minister Benny Gantz; Foreign Minister Yair Lapid; the IDF chief of staff; the national security adviser; and other top defense and diplomatic officials.

“During the meeting, they reviewed all of the ramifications of the crisis in different areas (diplomatic, financial and security),” the Prime Minister’s Office says.

The PMO says that after discussing the matter, the political leadership directs the country’s various ministries to focus on continuing to work to remove all Israeli citizens from the country; help the local Jewish population in Ukraine; prepare to help them immigrate; prepare to send humanitarian aid; and continue assessing the potential consequences of the invasion for Israel.

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