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Israeli team finally approved to fly to Russia for talks on Jewish Agency crisis

Left, Prime Minister Yair Lapid heads a  cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on July 17, 2022. Right, Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2021. (Abir SULTAN / POOL / AFP; Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Left, Prime Minister Yair Lapid heads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on July 17, 2022. Right, Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2021. (Abir SULTAN / POOL / AFP; Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

An Israeli delegation has finally been given the okay to fly to Moscow tonight to meet with Russian officials amid efforts to prevent the closing of the Jewish Agency in the country.

Last week, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed an appeal at the district court in Moscow seeking to close the semi-governmental agency which facilitates Jewish immigration to Israel.

Tomorrow, the court is expected to hold a hearing on the case.

The delegation had been set to leave on Sunday, but authorities in Moscow reportedly withheld approval. The delegation’s trip is going ahead “on instructions from Prime Minister Yair Lapid and in coordination with the authorities in Russia,” according to an Israeli government statement.

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