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PM: Israel safeguarding its interests while communicating with both Russia and Ukraine

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv, March 1, 2022. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv, March 1, 2022. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says Israel has worked from the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to help where it can while protecting its interests.

“The State of Israel has taken a measured and responsible line from the start, which allows us to not only safeguard our interests, but also to help. To be one of the few that can communicate directly with both parties, and assist where requested. And we do help, quietly,” he says in a speech at the Mossad headquarters.

The presence of Russian forces in Syria requires Israel to coordinate with Moscow when the IDF carries out strikes on Iranian-backed targets in that country. Israel also has close ties with Ukraine.

Bennett also touches on the talks between Iran and world powers on a nuclear deal, which he says are “approaching the moment of truth — it’s money time.”

Bennett refers to the sunset clause in the potential agreement, which the premier says in two and a half years will allow Iran to install and operate advanced centrifuges.

“We are not obligated by the agreement and we are certainly not obligated by the date that allows Iran in two and a half years to assemble countless centrifuges.”

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