Tel Aviv will be ready to take political action in the event of the closure of the Sokhnut agency in Russia, which was engaged in repatriation. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid warned that the liquidation of the agency would harm relations with Russia alt=”Israeli Foreign Ministry will prepare 'political measures' in case the Sokhnut is liquidated” />
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the Foreign Ministry to develop policy measures in the event of the liquidation of the Jewish Agency in Russia (“Sohnut”, is engaged in repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates), Israel Hayom reports.
The Israeli delegation, which was supposed to go to Russia, to resolve the situation, was unable to fly to Moscow on Saturday, July 23, an unnamed source told the publication. According to him, the Russian side did not confirm their visas.
The Israeli government may change its neutral position regarding the fighting in Ukraine and join international sanctions, suggested former ambassador to Russia Zvi Magen. He also doubted that the Jewish Agency would be liquidated. “The difficult political and military situation in which the Russians find themselves allows Israel to exert pressure on Moscow more freely,” — he added.
Organization «Sohnut» has offices and partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Pyatigorsk, Samara, Khabarovsk and Novosibirsk. It was founded in 1929, promoted the repatriation of Jews to Palestinian lands, and after the independence of Israel — to the State of Israel.
The Russian Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate the Russian representative office of the Jewish Agency «Sohnut» 21 July. After that, the Israeli Prime Minister announced the preparation of the delegation, which will have to ensure the continuation of the work of the Sokhnut. “I know that there was an attempt to settle through diplomatic channels. This news will spur the Jews to leave Russia, go to Israel. And the work [«Sohnuta»] will be reorganized somehow, will go online»,— President of the Russian Jewish Congress Yuri Kanner told RBC.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the agency secretly began to prepare for a relocation to Israel, as the management of the “Sohnut” considered it impossible to regulate the legal status in this situation. TV channel «13Reshet» reported on a document that came into his possession, from which it followed that the Russian side sent an explanation of what was happening to Israel. It said that «Dry» primarily engaged in organizing the repatriation of Russians who are engaged in science and entrepreneurship, and their departure “significantly reduces the scientific and business potential of Russia.”
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The Kremlin ruled out such a reason. “This is due to compliance with Russian law. For reasons, please contact the Ministry of Justice, which made this decision,»,— emphasized the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov. Israeli Prime Minister warned that the closure of “Sohnut” will have a negative impact on the relationship between the two countries.
Israel did not join the sanctions against Russia, while the country's authorities ruled out the possibility of being a “bypass road” to bypass them. Lavpid said that a number of departments are coordinating this issue: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Israel, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy, the Airports Authority and other structures.
“In recent years, peace reigned in Europe, which brought unprecedented prosperity to mankind” ;,— he added, emphasizing that Israel supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls for a cessation of hostilities.
In late May, Axios reported Israel's refusal to allow the United States to supply Spike missiles to Ukraine. They are produced in Germany under an Israeli license. Unnamed interlocutors of the publication said that the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced its intention to send only non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. An Israeli official told Axios the reason for taking this position: if Russian soldiers are killed by Israeli weapons, Russia could harm Israel's security interests in Syria.
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