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Israel – Russia: why the estrangement would be fatal


Putin apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for Sergei Lavrov’s erratic remarks, which attributed “Jewish blood” to Hitler. In the middle of Holocaust Remembrance Week, it could hardly be worse. Nevertheless: Israel is the only country to which the master of the Kremlin agrees to present his regrets. And for good reason: Moscow and Jerusalem are bound by a pact whose breach would change the situation in the Middle East. “We have a northern border with Syria, so with Russia, which controls the airspace of Damascus, explains an Israeli military source. Between Tel Aviv and this border, where 140,000 Hezbollah missiles are pointed at us, supplied and transported by Iran, there is exactly the distance between Paris and Reims…”

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