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Sharansky praises Lapid’s tough line on Russia: Saving Israel from global shame

Israeli human rights activist and chair of the Babyn Yar Memorial Center, Natan Sharansky, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Israeli human rights activist and chair of the Babyn Yar Memorial Center, Natan Sharansky, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Natan Sharansky praises Prime Minister Yair Lapid for taking a tough line on Russian threats to close the Jewish Agency and for shifting Israel’s position on Ukraine.

“He brought Israel out of global shame,” Sharansky tells the Ynet news site, speaking about Lapid.

“Israel’s concerns about telling the truth about the Russian invasion reminds me of the status of ‘court Jews,’ who had to say ‘yes’ to a ruler. Israel is not a court state, and certainly not of Russia,” Sharansky says.

Sharansky is a former prisoner of Zion, human rights activist, Israeli government minister and Jewish Agency chief.

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