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US State Department expresses hope for resolution in Israel-Russia Jewish Agency spat

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

People gather outside the Basmany district court in Moscow ahead of a hearing in the Russian government's case against the Jewish Agency on July 28, 2022. (Screen capture: TASS)
People gather outside the Basmany district court in Moscow ahead of a hearing in the Russian government's case against the Jewish Agency on July 28, 2022. (Screen capture: TASS)

WASHINGTON — The US hopes that Israeli and Russian authorities will be able to reach an agreement that “preserves the ability of Jews in Russia to travel to Israel,” a State Department spokesperson tells The Times of Israel.

Asked to comment on the Russian efforts to outlaw the Jewish Agency due to claims that it illicitly gathers information on Russian citizens, the spokesperson says the State Department is aware of and monitoring the issue.

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