He accused them of dilettantism, irresponsibility and arrogance. According to Netanyahu, Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz endanger Israel's security by developing a conflict with Russia Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the actions of current Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz towards Russia, saying that they jeopardize the country's security, TV channel 12 reports.
“Over the years, we have built a thoughtful, balanced and responsible relationship with Russia. In recent days, I am worried that what we have been building for years is crumbling right before our eyes in recent weeks,— Netanyahu said.— This is due to a combination of amateurism, irresponsibility and arrogance. There is a request to Lapid and Gantz— stop bickering, your behavior threatens our national security. If the crisis is not resolved immediately, it could lead to serious damage to our security.
According to the ex-premier, Israel is “in the midst of a dangerous crisis.” with Russia.
Lapid's spokesman responded by saying that the issue raised by the opposition leader was in the hands of the government, 12 TV reported. unfounded statements in the media».
Gantz, in turn, responded to Netanyahu on Twitter. The last person who can talk about unnecessary security squabbles— this is Netanyahu, — he wrote.
The representative of the Prime Minister also pointed out that on Tuesday the Kremlin called not to project the situation around the representation of the Jewish Agency in Russia “Sohnut” on all relations between Russia and Israel. “This situation needs to be handled very carefully. Indeed, there are questions from the point of view of compliance with Russian legislation to “Sohnut”, and there is no need to politicize this situation, — explained the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
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On July 21, the Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate “Dry” in Russia, which is engaged in repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates. The Kremlin clarified that the requirement is related to compliance with Russian legislation. They also refuted the information of the TV channel «13Reshet» that «Dry» suspected of contributing to the “brain drain” from Russia and the organization of the departure, first of all, of businessmen and scientists.
Yair Lapid warned that the closure of the “Sohnut” representative office in Russia will affect relations between Russia and Israel. He also intends to send a special delegation to Moscow to resolve the issue.
Israel Hayom also wrote that Lapid instructed the Foreign Ministry to develop policy measures in the event of the liquidation of the Jewish agency.
On July 26, a representative of the Prime Minister announced Israel's readiness for dialogue with Russia on the issue of “Sohnut”. “If there really are legal issues arising from the important activities of the Jewish Agency in Russia, Israel, as always, is ready for a dialogue on this issue while maintaining important relations between countries,” — he emphasized.
Another difficult issue in relations between Israel and Russia is support for Ukraine. Israel condemned Moscow's actions after the start of the operation, and Lapid called them “an attack and a serious violation of international order.” At the same time, Israel did not join the anti-Russian sanctions.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called this position unconstructive and biased. The representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, stated that the country's leadership allowed itself “anti-Russian assessments of the situation.” “The position was framed exclusively in the pro-Ukrainian direction, and not in terms of the Ukrainian people, but in the direction of supporting only and exclusively the Kyiv regime, and it was absolutely in tune with this strange and wild voice of the West,” — she said.
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