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Netanyahu win is set to ‘change the face of Israel,’ Israeli reporter says

“MuiTypography-root-217 MuiTypography-h1-222″>Netanyahu win is set to 'change the face of Israel,' Israeli reporter says

With Benjamin Netanyahu set to return to power, reporter Noga Tarnopolsky discusses with The World's host Marco Werman what Israeli parliamentary election results will mean for the country.

The WorldNovember 4, 2022 · 1:15 PM EDT

Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, waves to his supporters after first exit poll results for the Israeli Parliamentary election at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2022.

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Israel has held its fifth parliamentary elections in four years. And former leader Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return once again as the next prime minister, with current Prime Minister Yair Lapid conceding his position on Thursday.

The coalition that Netanyahu is expected to bring together to create a majority in the Knesset will be the most right-wing government yet for the country. His far-right allies want to overhaul the justice system to give politicians more control of judicial appointments, while weakening the Supreme Court’s oversight of the parliamentary process. And they're calling for an end to Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu also still faces multiple corruption charges — accusations that he's denied.

Reporter Noga Tarnopolsky joined The World's host Marco Werman from Jerusalem to discuss what the election results will mean for the country moving forward.

Marco Werman: Any surprises from the results here, or is it pretty much what we expected?Noga Tarnopolsky: I would say there are surprises. The solidity of Netanyahu's comeback is surprising. And there's a detail that I think is really important and that's mostly been overlooked. If you count the actual number of votes, the Netanyahu bloc and the non-Netanyahu bloc have virtually the same number of votes cast.And what does that tell us?Well, that the particularities of Israel's complicated parliamentary system and Netanyahu's mastery, his absolute dominance over that system and his part of it, have created a situation of this, sort of, anomaly where Knesset representation is not really representing 100% of the will of the people.For those of us who don't live in a parliamentary system, explain the basics of what Netanyahu would have to do next to form a coalition government.What Netanyahu has to do is form a majority, an alliance with other parties that will give him at least 61 seats out of 120 in the Knesset. I expect this to be fairly easy for him to do. And then next week, once the results are formally presented to the country's president, he will go to the president's home and he will say, "I have a majority of Knesset votes devoted to me and I want to form the next government." The president will then select him. And then, the difficult part begins, because Netanyahu is saddled with basically two allies: ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, and then, this very radical extremist racist party called the Religious Zionism Party (HaTazionut HaDatit), which is actually an agglomeration of three tiny fringe parties, and he is going to have to negotiate with them.And that's the ultra nationalist party I was referring to a moment ago, right? What exactly did that group campaign on and what could their inclusion in the ruling coalition mean for Israel?They campaigned on noise. [Otzma Yehudit leader] Itamar Ben-Gvir, who campaigned, basically, on a slogan of "death to the terrorists," which is shorthand for "death to the Arabs," which was his previous slogan. He's a guy who likes to pull out a gun. He champions an Israel without what we consider the rule of law, where Jews and Arabs would not have equal rights, where, for example, in the next election it's entirely possible that Arab majority parties will not have the right to run. He proposes a radical reconception of Israel, in fact, as a kind of Jewish theocracy.I mean, it sounds like Netanyahu will be holding his nose in order to form a coalition with this group. Is that the case?I don't know. It's hard for me to enter Netanyahu's head and tell you if he'll hold his nose or not. He has enthusiastically embraced this party. He created this party, because he was afraid of losing, sort of, fringe votes on the Israeli right to small, insignificant parties. He's the guy who punched these three parties together to make a larger model, and that's sort of turned into a Frankenstein on him. So, I don't know if he's holding his nose, but he's desperate for them, because he really wants to cancel his trial. That has been made amply clear by his allies in his own party, the Likud, and by these other more religious figures.The results of this election seem to mark, I mean, if we just pull out, a continued shift to the right among Israel's electorate. What is driving this?It's a really complicated question, because I would agree with you that the majority of Israeli voters are right-wing, but they're not radically right. And I don't think that a huge surge of radicalization has happened in the last two years. What I do think is that Netanyahu created this vehicle, which is this kind of a monster party created out of three other parties that never on their own could pass the electoral threshold and have impact or even enter the parliament, and the creation of this vehicle brought out new voters, some very young who'd never voted before, some very radical who previously had felt disaffected and didn't go vote. There are a number of things behind it. I don't think that the population has shifted as greatly as the political panorama now has shifted.The Arab Israeli vote had been seen as a key factor in this race. Talk more about that. And in the end, what was the Arab-Israeli voter turnout like and what difference did it make?So, we don't yet have final figures, but the Arab turnout is projected to be around 55%, which is more than 10% more than last time. The total, what happened among Arab voters, like what happened among non-Netanyahu voters in general, is that their leaders somehow betrayed them. There are three Arab-majority parties that had joined forces in the past and really generated a lot of enthusiasm, and they fell apart as a party. Each ran as a separate miniparty. The general sense among their voters, who are mostly Arab, was that the leaders of these parties were just bickering among themselves over personal matters of ego more than anything else, and that none of them had really achieved very much for the public that votes for them, and their voters dispersed.If the results hew to the exit polls, another mandate for Netanyahu, will that further disaffection the Arab electorate in Israel?It may well create greater disaffection among Arab voters in Israel. But the dimensions of the change that I think is going to be coming to Israel are huge and it's going to affect everybody. I think even some of the people who voted for the Netanyahu bloc are going to be surprised by the pace and the radicalness of the changes that the new incoming government, as you say, the projected government, is going to try and push through. And so, Arabs may be disaffected, but they are going to be among, basically 50% of Israeli voters, who I think are about to be very shocked by what's going to come.I know you've touched on it a bit, but what is the big headline of what those changes will probably look like?Well, Israel will no longer have an independent judiciary. There will no longer be a separation of powers, because the executive will be able to determine judicial outcomes, judicial appointments. There will be a more direct line between the executive and forces of law and order. We're really talking about changing the face of Israel in a way that I think it will be doubtful that Israel will be able to call itself a functional democracy at the end of this process.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.AP contributed to this report.

Related: President Biden’s visit to Israel focuses on regional security

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Israel urged to increase the number of flights from Russia

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is concerned about the fate of Jews in Russia after the announcement of a partial mobilization and therefore called on the head of the El Al airline to ensure the continuation of flights between the two countries, writes The Times of Israel, citing an official source. The Israeli Prime Minister's Office told NEWS.ru.co.il that Lapid had asked the company to increase the number of flights to Russia.

Israel Hayom, citing Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Ushpiz, reports that Lapid, who also heads the Foreign Ministry, has instructed to receive more immigrants from Russia. This, according to him, will require measures not only to increase flights, but also in the field of visas and the further placement of migrants in the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 21 announced a partial mobilization. Within its framework, 300 thousand people will be called up, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. The call will be subject to reservists who have served in the army, have in-demand military specialties and combat experience. Students and conscripts should not be mobilized.

After the announcement of mobilization, tickets for the next direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul, Yerevan, Baku and other countries neighboring Russia that do not require visas for entry were sold out.

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Latvian authorities stated that “for security reasons” will not issue humanitarian visas to Russians who avoid mobilization. Jussi Tanner, head of consular service at the Finnish Foreign Ministry, said that Helsinki would not issue visas to men of military age from Russia if there were “ambiguities in the documents”; or in case they are not going to return to Russia. After that, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto announced that Finland was preparing a complete ban on entry for Russian citizens, as it “does not want to be a transit country”.

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Why has polio emerged in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.

“MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>Why has polio emerged in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.

New cases of polio have emerged in the US and Israel, and the disease has been detected in wastewater in the UK. Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for polio eradication at the World Health Organization, explains how some of them could be linked to the oral vaccine that's long been used to prevent the disease.

The WorldAugust 24, 2022 · 3:00 PM EDT

A worker walks alongside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant's array of digester eggs in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Officials revealed last month that polio has shown up in New York sewers, suggesting it is spreading, Aug. 12, 2022.

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The United States saw its first polio case in nearly a decade this summer. The virus has also infected several children in Israel this year and has been found in London's wastewater. Genetic analysis has linked some of these cases to the oral vaccine long used to prevent polio.

To discuss the situation, The World's host Carol Hills spoke with Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for polio eradication at the World Health Organization, who joined from Geneva. 

Carol Hills: So, how does the oral polio vaccine actually cause polio?Oliver Rosenbauer: Well, they're not exactly caused by the polio vaccine itself. What is happening is the oral polio vaccine that is being used — and that's been used all over the world billions of times, and through which polio has been almost globally eradicated — it contains a live vaccine virus. It's a weakened vaccine virus, but it's live. So, what happens is that you give this vaccine to a child and that child develops immunity, and then the vaccine virus basically multiplies in that child's gut and is actually excreted in the stool, just like a normal polio virus would. And it can actually spread to other children. In 99% of the cases, that's actually a good thing, because you passively immunize other children that way. The problem is, if you allow this vaccine virus to continue to spread in the community and to continue to circulate, and if that happens, it can become, again, genetically changed from a weakened vaccine virus to a strong vaccine virus, able to cause paralysis. And that's what is known as a vaccine-derived polio virus.What's interesting is this oral vaccine has been around for decades. Why are we seeing these cases pop up now?Well, I think we're not just seeing these cases pop up now. We've been seeing them pop up throughout the use of this particular vaccine. It's just that it's popped up in a place like New York, which hasn't had polio in a long, long time. The risk of these things emerging are very, very low. And the reason why we use this particular vaccine is that it has the ability to interrupt person-to-person spread. There's another vaccine that is used. It's called the inactivated polio vaccine — or the Salk vaccine, if you like — and it's injected. It contains an inactivated polio vaccine and it offers excellent personal protection. But the drawback on that is [that] it offers very limited ability to be able to stop person-to-person spread of the virus, and in an eradication effort, that's what we're really after.So, is there any risk of a widespread outbreak in places like the US and the UK of polio now? I mean, should we be worried?I would say the following: I think both the UK and the US did a fantastic job in identifying a public health risk. You know, there's one case in New York, which is a paralytic case — one person paralyzed by the disease, which is tragic — but for the most part, the virus has been only isolated in sewage systems. So, the local authorities have identified this risk and are, right now, doing all the right things in addressing this public health risk. And the name of the game now is to make sure that you do not allow polio to reestablish a foothold in your community. And to do that, you make sure that your population is fully vaccinated.There's been such a push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19, with messaging about how the vaccine is safe and effective, there's no risk of getting COVID-19 from the vaccine. Do you worry about how this news about polio might impact people's decisions to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or other viruses?We're worried about any person who is not vaccinated against polio, because then that individual is not protected. And certainly the vaccine that's being used in the United States, the inactivated polio vaccine, it's one of the safest, if not the safest vaccine that is out there. It is a killed vaccine virus, so there is absolutely no chance of catching polio from it. There is no chance that you would see these vaccine-derived polio cases arise with inactivated polio vaccines. The only thing that it will do, is to protect you from lifelong paralysis. And, most of us have forgotten what polio actually is. It is a devastating, deadly disease. It is an extremely painful disease. And it is so easily preventable, and so, if it's a matter of getting one injection in the arm, which is completely safe, and then be sure and be assured that you're not going to catch this disease, I think it's worth doing, definitely.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Related: An upcoming vaccine drive in Afghanistan is an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to eradicate polio, UN official says

Why are new polio cases popping up in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.

“MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>Why are new polio cases popping up in the US, UK and Israel? A polio eradication expert weighs in.

New cases of polio have emerged in the US, UK and Israel. Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for polio eradication at the World Health Organization, explains how some of them could be linked to the oral vaccine that's long been used to prevent the disease.

The WorldAugust 24, 2022 · 3:00 PM EDT

A worker walks alongside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant's array of digester eggs in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Officials revealed last month that polio has shown up in New York sewers, suggesting it is spreading, Aug. 12, 2022.

John Minchillo/AP/File photo

The United States saw its first polio case in nearly a decade this summer. The virus has also infected several children in Israel this year and has been found in London's wastewater. Genetic analysis has linked some of these cases to the oral vaccine long used to prevent polio.

To discuss the situation, The World's host Carol Hills spoke with Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for polio eradication at the World Health Organization, who joined from Geneva. 

Carol Hills: So, how does the oral polio vaccine actually cause polio?Oliver Rosenbauer: Well, they're not exactly caused by the polio vaccine itself. What is happening is the oral polio vaccine that is being used — and that's been used all over the world billions of times, and through which polio has been almost globally eradicated — it contains a live vaccine virus. It's a weakened vaccine virus, but it's live. So, what happens is that you give this vaccine to a child and that child develops immunity, and then the vaccine virus basically multiplies in that child's gut and is actually excreted in the stool, just like a normal polio virus would. And it can actually spread to other children. In 99% of the cases, that's actually a good thing, because you passively immunize other children that way. The problem is, if you allow this vaccine virus to continue to spread in the community and to continue to circulate, and if that happens, it can become, again, genetically changed from a weakened vaccine virus to a strong vaccine virus, able to cause paralysis. And that's what is known as a vaccine-derived polio virus.What's interesting is this oral vaccine has been around for decades. Why are we seeing these cases pop up now?Well, I think we're not just seeing these cases pop up now. We've been seeing them pop up throughout the use of this particular vaccine. It's just that it's popped up in a place like New York, which hasn't had polio in a long, long time. The risk of these things emerging are very, very low. And the reason why we use this particular vaccine is that it has the ability to interrupt person-to-person spread. There's another vaccine that is used. It's called the inactivated polio vaccine — or the Salk vaccine, if you like — and it's injected. It contains an inactivated polio vaccine and it offers excellent personal protection. But the drawback on that is [that] it offers very limited ability to be able to stop person-to-person spread of the virus, and in an eradication effort, that's what we're really after.So, is there any risk of a widespread outbreak in places like the US and the UK of polio now? I mean, should we be worried?I would say the following: I think both the UK and the US did a fantastic job in identifying a public health risk. You know, there's one case in New York, which is a paralytic case — one person paralyzed by the disease, which is tragic — but for the most part, the virus has been only isolated in sewage systems. So, the local authorities have identified this risk and are, right now, doing all the right things in addressing this public health risk. And the name of the game now is to make sure that you do not allow polio to reestablish a foothold in your community. And to do that, you make sure that your population is fully vaccinated.There's been such a push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19, with messaging about how the vaccine is safe and effective, there's no risk of getting COVID-19 from the vaccine. Do you worry about how this news about polio might impact people's decisions to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or other viruses?We're worried about any person who is not vaccinated against polio, because then that individual is not protected. And certainly the vaccine that's being used in the United States, the inactivated polio vaccine, it's one of the safest, if not the safest vaccine that is out there. It is a killed vaccine virus, so there is absolutely no chance of catching polio from it. There is no chance that you would see these vaccine-derived polio cases arise with inactivated polio vaccines. The only thing that it will do, is to protect you from lifelong paralysis. And, most of us have forgotten what polio actually is. It is a devastating, deadly disease. It is an extremely painful disease. And it is so easily preventable, and so, if it's a matter of getting one injection in the arm, which is completely safe, and then be sure and be assured that you're not going to catch this disease, I think it's worth doing, definitely.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Related: An upcoming vaccine drive in Afghanistan is an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to eradicate polio, UN official says

Axios learned about the “difficult negotiations” between the United States and Israel on concessions to Iran

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The governments of the United States and Israel are engaged in difficult and intense negotiations regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Washington is convincing Jerusalem that there are no new concessions to Tehran. Axios writes about this, citing unnamed US and Israeli officials.

US officials insist that the outcome of negotiations with Iran is not yet determined, and that an agreement is not inevitable. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata will meet in Washington next week to discuss this issue. Israeli officials have said they expect tougher discussions.

“We weren't convinced by [US arguments]. We are very concerned,— underlined one of them Axios.

At the same time, Israel does not intend to bring the situation to a public confrontation with the United States on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, sources assured the publication. One of them recalled that the previous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015 “ruined relations” because of this. with the USA. He said the agreement would be “a horror to the planet”; and “a dream for Iran”.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program was agreed in 2015 after years of negotiations between Russia, the US, France, the UK, China and Iran. It provided for the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for limiting its nuclear program and guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons. In May 2018, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw from the JCPOA and restore US sanctions on Iran. In turn, Tehran began to gradually reduce its obligations under the agreement, including those related to uranium enrichment indicators and the number of centrifuges. The Joe Biden administration has indicated interest in returning to the deal.

During the negotiations on the FDP, the European Union proposed lifting sanctions against 17 banks of Iranian banks and 150 economic structures, lifting the ban on the export of Iranian oil (120 days after the signing, Tehran will be able to export 2.5 million barrels of oil daily), and returning $ 7 billion to the Islamic Republic frozen funds. The EU has also proposed easing sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Politico reported in mid-August, citing sources. Washington then assured that they did not change their rules and standards on the issue of sanctions.

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Israel and Turkey restore diplomatic relations in full

Turkey and Israel will return ambassadors to diplomatic missions, relations will be restored in full, Erdogan and Lapid agreed. Previously, the parties accused each other of supporting terrorism

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to restore diplomatic relations in full and return the ambassadors of the two countries to the capitals, the Israeli Prime Minister's office said.

“After a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israel and Turkey fully restore diplomatic relations,” The statement said.

Contacts were conducted through the Foreign Ministries.

Lapid called the restoration of relations between Israel and Turkey “an important asset for regional stability and very important economically for the citizens of Israel.” He stressed that the authorities intend to continue “strengthening Israel's international status in the world.”

Relations between Israel and Turkey were almost severed after the attack by the Israeli armed forces on the Mavi Marmara ship, which was delivering aid to the Gaza Strip. Marine units landed on the Mavi Marmara, after which a battle took place on board the ship. As a result, nine Turkish citizens were killed (one of them, as it turned out later, also had an American passport), and several Israeli soldiers were injured. The Israeli authorities refused to apologize for their actions, while accusing Turkey of supporting terrorism.

The parties then repeatedly exchanged accusations. Erdogan called Israel “an occupying state” and a “terrorist state”, while the Israeli Defense Ministry accused Ankara of acquiring oil from the Islamic State. (ISIS, recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). “Islamic State” has been using Turkish oil money for a very, very long period of time,— said then Minister Moshe Yaalon.

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Last year, when clashes began on the border between Israel and Palestine, Erdogan called the country's policy towards the Palestinians a genocide, and the state itself — terrorist. “As we strongly supported Azerbaijan's struggle to liberate its lands from occupation, today we oppose oppression in Palestinian cities and Jerusalem with the same feeling,” Erdogan emphasized then.

Turkey and Israel noted the “promotion of positive dialogue” in a relationship at the end of June this year, when Lapid inflicted sees in Ankara. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that the parties plan to soon hold a high-level meeting, study the formation of a mixed economic commission, establish political and regional consultations, and expand cooperation in the field of agriculture and tourism. The key topic of discussion will be cooperation on security and protection against terrorist threats, Minister Mevlut Cavoshoglu stressed.

Lapid then thanked Ankara for saving the lives of Israeli citizens who were under threat of attacks from Iran in Turkey. “We are talking not only about the murder of innocent Israeli tourists, but also about the clear violation of Turkish sovereignty by Iranian terror,” he explained. The Times of Israel pointed out that it was about the detention by Turkey of eight people who allegedly worked for Iranian intelligence and planned to kidnap or assassinate Israeli tourists in Istanbul.

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Sirens went off in Israel after the beginning of the ceasefire

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Alarm sirens warning of a possible rocket attack sounded in southern Israel a few minutes after the ceasefire began, AFP reports citing the Israeli army.

The truce between Israel and the terrorist group “Islamic Jihad” (a terrorist group banned in Russia) came into force at 23:30 (coincides with Moscow time). The Jerusalem Post wrote that half an hour earlier, the terrorists fired on the south of Israel, and two minutes after the start of the truce, the Israeli army reported retaliatory strikes on terrorist targets in Gaza, but at 23:42 announced a ceasefire.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Hayat noted earlier that in case of violation of the ceasefire, Tel Aviv reserves the right to use military force. “Islamic Jihad” (banned in Russia) also affirmed its right to “react to any Israeli aggression.”

«Islamic Jihad»— is a paramilitary Islamist group that wants to create an independent Palestinian Islamic state and destroy Israel in a jihad. It was founded in the 1970s by Sunnis from the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement. (banned in Russia).

On August 5, the Israeli Army (IDF) launched an operation against Islamic Jihad. (a terrorist group banned in Russia), after which it reported the elimination of 15 terrorists, among them the commander of the northern brigade of the military wing, Taysir al-Jabari, and the head of the southern brigade, Khaled Mansour.

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On the evening of August 7, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that all the goals of the military operation in the Gaza Strip had been achieved and it was pointless to continue it. Later, the leader of the “Islamic Jihad” (a terrorist group banned in Russia) Bassam al-Saadi confirmed the ceasefire agreement with Israel.

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Biden supported Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from the Gaza Strip

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U.S. President Joe Biden called his support for Israel's security “long and unwavering”, including his support for Tel Aviv's right to defend itself against attacks from the Gaza Strip, follows from a statement by the head of state published on the White House website .

“I welcome today's announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based militants after three days of fighting,” Biden said, noting that the United States has been working with the authorities of Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan during these three days to help resolve the conflict quickly.

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The American president called the reports of civilian casualties in Gaza a tragedy, promised to support the investigation of these events and called on all parties to “fully respect the ceasefire and ensure the flow of fuel and humanitarian supplies to Gaza.”

“How I made it clear during my recent trip to Israel and the West Bank [Jordan] that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in security and peace, to enjoy freedom, prosperity and democracy equally,— concluded Biden.

On August 5, Israel launched Operation Dawn. against “Islamic Jihad” (a terrorist group banned in Russia). Prime Minister Yair Lapid explained that it is aimed at “eliminating a specific threat to the citizens of Israel.” At the end of the first day, the Israeli army reported the destruction of 15 terrorists, including the commander of the northern brigade of the Islamic Jihad military wing; Taysira al-Jabari.

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In response to airstrikes, more than 500 rockets were fired from Gaza, some of them were intercepted by Iron Air Defense dome”, and some did not reach the goal, wrote The Times of Israel.

On August 7, Lapid announced that the goals of the operation had been fulfilled and it was useless to continue, but Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed to prepare for the continuation of hostilities.

Later, Israel and Islamic Jihad (a terrorist group banned in Russia) managed to agree on a ceasefire. The agreement entered into force on August 7 at 23:30 local time, but a few minutes after the start of the truce in southern Israel, alarm sirens went off warning of a possible rocket attack.

The UN, Russia and the European Union called on the parties to the conflict to restraint and the resumption of the ceasefire. Egypt acted as an intermediary in the negotiations.

«Islamic Jihad»— is a paramilitary Islamist group that wants to create an independent Palestinian Islamic state and destroy Israel in a jihad. It was founded in the 1970s by Sunnis from the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement. (banned in Russia).

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Islamic Jihad confirms truce agreement with Israel

Reuters previously reported on the agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip on a truce. The head of Islamic Jihad confirmed the agreements. At the same time, the Israeli Ministry of Defense instructed the security forces to prepare for the continuation of hostilities

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The leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group banned in Russia; Bassam al-Saadi confirmed the ceasefire agreement with Israel. This is reported by The Jerusalem Post, citing a statement from the group's press service.

At the same time, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz “after assessing the situation” with the heads of law enforcement agencies instructed to prepare for the continuation of hostilities, the press service of the department reported. “Defense Secretary Benny Gantz recently assessed the situation with senior security officials. <…> At the end of the meeting, Minister Gantz instructed the defense department to maintain readiness for hostilities, — said in the message.

Earlier that the parties agreed on a truce starting at 20:00 (coincides with Moscow), Reuters reported. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also stated that all the goals of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip have been achieved and it is pointless to continue it.

Nevertheless, at 20:05 there were several missiles were fired. Alarm sirens warning of a possible rocket attack sounded in Tel Aviv. According to The Israel Times, due to the delay in the truce, Lapid will conduct a “brief assessment of the situation” at 9:45 p.m. at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv with the high command.

As the Israeli Channel 12 clarifies, the militants insist on a truce from 23:30.

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The Israeli army (IDF) announced the launch of a special operation against the Islamic Jihad terrorist group banned in Russia. 5th of August. According to the results of the first day, the military reported 15 terrorists killed, among which was the commander of the northern brigade of the Islamic Jihad military wing; Taysir al-Jabari and the head of the southern brigade, Khaled Mansour.

«Islamic Jihad»— is a paramilitary Islamist group that wants to create an independent Palestinian Islamic state and destroy Israel in a jihad. It was founded in the 1970s by Sunnis from the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement. (banned in Russia).

The Ministry of Health of the Palestinian enclave in Gaza then reported that more than 30 people were killed and 215 were injured from Israeli airstrikes. In response, about 1,000 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel, most of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, many rockets did not reach the target.

The ruling in the Gaza Strip the Palestinian movement Hamas accused Israel of an act of aggression, its spokesman Hazem Kasem said that the country must “pay the price” for your actions. Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nahkhala, who was in Tehran when the Israeli operation began, said that there could be no truce after Israeli strikes.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the parties to show restraint, start negotiations and establish a ceasefire. It is possible to put an end to violence only through negotiations, as a result of which the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to create an independent state within the borders of 1967 should be realized, the ministry emphasized.

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Israel announces start date for truce with Islamic Jihad

Already after the beginning of the truce, the Israel Defense Forces reported strikes on terrorist targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks, but later announced a ceasefire. ; came into force from 23:30 local time (coincides with Moscow time). This was announced by the representative of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Lior Hayat, reports The Jerusalem Post.

In case of violation of the ceasefire, Israel reserves the right to use military force, he added and thanked Egypt for mediation.

Islamic Jihad made a similar statement. “We applaud Egypt's efforts and reaffirm our right to respond to any Israeli aggression,” cites the grouping's publication statement.

The newspaper writes that half an hour before the ceasefire began, the group fired at the south of Israel. Two minutes after the start of the truce, the IDF tweeted about attacks on terrorist targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks, but at 23:42 announced a ceasefire.

IDF launches Operation Dawn against the terrorist group “Islamic Jihad” 5th of August. In response to Israeli air strikes on Gaza, return fire began from there. More than 500 missiles were fired towards Israel, but most of them were intercepted by Iron Dome air defenses, and some did not reach their targets, The Times of Israel wrote. The Ministry of Health of the Palestinian enclave in Gaza has reported more than 30 dead and more than 215 injured in airstrikes.

The Israeli authorities reported the elimination of 15 terrorists during the operation, including the commander of the northern brigade of the Islamic Jihad military wing; Taysira al-Jabari. On August 7, Prime Minister Yair Lapid stated that the goals of the operation had been fulfilled and it was useless to continue it. At the same time, Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed to prepare for the continuation of hostilities.

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Israel reports interception of missiles from the Gaza Strip

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Operation “Dawn” and the escalation between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The main thing

Israel launched Operation Dawn on Friday against the Islamic Jihad terrorist group in the Gaza Strip. In response, more than 100 rockets were fired from Gaza into the country.

By Saturday morning, August 6, relations between Israel and the Gaza Strip remain tense after the Israeli army (IDF) conducted an operation against the Islamic Jihad terrorist group banned in Russia and eliminated the commander of the northern brigades of the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” Tayseera al-Jabari.

The Health Ministry of the Palestinian enclave in Gaza has reported more than 50 casualties in the airstrikes. In response, about 160 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, 95% of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, many rockets did not reach the target. No casualties reported.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid said he did not intend to delay the operation. The current escalation between Israel and Gaza has become the largest since the 11-day conflict in May 2021.

How is the operation of the Israeli army in Gaza

On Friday afternoon, the press service of the Israeli army announced the conduct of Operation Dawn. against the Islamic Jihad group. The military declared a state of emergency in the 80-kilometer zone around the Gaza Strip. Aircraft launched strikes on the enclave, as a result of which al-Jabari was killed. The health ministry of the enclave reported ten dead, including a five-year-old girl, and more than 55 wounded.

The Israeli army reported 15 terrorists killed. “According to our estimate, about 15 terrorists were killed. Islamic Jihad Commander Killed in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Destroyed two detachments with anti-tank weapons, which intended to carry out the attack, — said an army spokesman.

By Saturday morning, the IDF reported that it had hit Islamic Jihad targets with at least 30 strikes in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the destruction of about 40 targets, including five rocket launchers, six weapons manufacturing enterprises, two or three weapons depots and six observation posts, Newsru.co.il reported.

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Yair Lapid later tweeted that Operation Dawn aims to “eliminate a specific threat to the citizens of Israel.” The country's government will not allow terrorist organizations to threaten the citizens of the state, he stressed. “Let everyone who dares to bring evil to Israel know that we will get to him,” — the prime minister said.

In turn, the official representative of the ruling Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hazem Kasem, accused Israel of an act of aggression and said that he must “pay the price.” Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nahkhala, who is on a visit to Tehran, appeared on the air of the Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen and said that there would be no truce after Israeli airstrikes. “There are no red lines in this battle” hellip; Tel Aviv will also become one of the targets of resistance missiles, like all Zionist cities, — he said.

Israel announced an increase in the level of readiness of police units throughout the country, and the Prime Minister's office announced the holding of a military meeting. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order to call up up to 25,000 troops from the reserve for “operational purposes.” The country's army continued to strike at Gaza, and also involved special forces and artillery during the operation. According to the military, by Saturday night they managed to destroy the site for launching missiles of the “Islamic Jihad” in Khan Younis and disable a missile launcher. Israel also announced attacks on warehouses and workshops for the production of weapons, firing positions of the group.

Lapid made a televised address to the population, in which he stated that the operation would last several days. “Israel is not interested in prolonged hostilities in the Gaza Strip, but is not afraid of them. I rely on the Israeli society and I am sure that it will give broad support to the security forces. We will act as long as it takes,»— he added.

Massive rocket fire on Israel

On Friday evening, Gaza launched rocket attacks on Israel. Air raid sirens went off in the country's border regions with the enclave, including the large city of Ashkelon. By midnight, about 118 rockets had been fired at Israel, the Israeli army said. According to the military, 11 rockets did not reach Israel and landed in Gaza. The remaining missiles were either intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system or fell in open areas. It was also reported about one rocket that fell in the area under construction in the city of Sderot. This area is not inhabited, the shell only damaged the fence.

There were no dead or wounded as a result of the shelling. However, The Times of Israel reported four people who suffered minor injuries after falling while running towards an air raid shelter in Ashkelon. Another person received psychological help. None of them required hospitalization. Hospitals in the border areas transferred patients in serious condition to more protected premises during the shelling.

Air raid sirens went off again early Saturday morning in the cities of Sderot, Nir Am, Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza, Nitsamyn and Kerem Shalom. There were no reports of missile strikes or casualties. The Israeli Interior Ministry has closed beaches in several cities, including Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Reaction from the international community

On Friday evening, the Israeli Defense Minister discussed with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin the conduct of Operation Dawn. by phone. US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said that the state has the right to self-defense. “The United States firmly believes that Israel has the right to defend itself. We maintain contacts with various parties and call on all parties to calm,— he wrote on Twitter.

UN Special Representative for the Middle East Settlement Thor Vennesland said that he was deeply alarmed by the aggravation between Israel and Gaza, placed responsibility on the parties to the conflict and urged them to avoid further escalation. “The UN is fully cooperating with all stakeholders in an attempt to avoid further conflict, which will have devastating consequences, mainly for the civilian population,” — he said.

Daily News Egypt, citing high-ranking Egyptian officials, said that Cairo is conducting “intense negotiations”; with the parties to the conflict and calls on them to exercise restraint. Also during the contacts, the country asked Israel to immediately stop the attacks on Gaza. Qatar, Turkey and Jordan condemned Israel's actions.

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Israel strikes in the Gaza Strip and declares a state of emergency

The state of emergency will be in effect from 16:45 on August 5 to 20:00 on August 6 within a radius of 80 km from the sector. The aggravation of the conflict was caused by the arrest by Israel of the leader of the banned Islamic Jihad terrorist group

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Israel Defense Forces strikes the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas The authorities declared a state of emergency in the surrounding areas. This was announced by the press service of the armed forces on Twitter.

“The IDF is currently attacking the Gaza Strip. An emergency situation has been declared in the Israeli rear,— said in the message.

The press service of the army clarified that the state of emergency will be in effect from 16:45 on August 5 (coincides with Moscow time) until 20:00 on August 6 within a radius of up to 80 km from the Gaza Strip.

Army representatives specified that the operation called “Rassvet”, it is conducted against “terrorist targets” Palestinian group “Islamic Jihad” (also “Jamaat Mujahideen”, a terrorist organization banned in Russia).

«Islamic Jihad»— is a paramilitary Islamist group that wants to create an independent Palestinian Islamic state and destroy Israel in a jihad. It was founded in the 1970s by Sunni Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. (banned in Russia). “Palestinian Islamic Jihad” recognized as a terrorist organization also in the US, EU, UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Israel.

According to the Al Jazeera TV channel, the aggravation was caused by the detention of one of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin Palestinian refugee camp. Israel in early August blocked roads near the Gaza Strip and sent armed reinforcements to the border with it. According to the Kipa portal, Israel's goal is to eliminate the commander of the northern brigade of the Islamic Jihad military wing. Taysira al-Jabari.

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In total, according to the TV channel, five people were killed in the impact, including a five-year-old girl, and 40 more were injured.

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Israel hit by rocket fire from Gaza

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Air raid sirens went off in the city of Yavne in central Israel and Lachish in the south of the country, warning residents of possible rocket attacks, reports The Times of Israel.

According to the publication, several Iron Dome interceptor missiles hit incoming missiles over southern Israel. So far, the Israel Defense Forces has not specified how many rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and whether they were intercepted.

The rocket attack occurred several hours after the IDF launched Operation Dawn. against a terrorist group in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the order to call up up to 25,000 soldiers from the reserve for operational purposes. In addition, the head of the General Staff, Aviv Kochavi, ordered the Israel Defense Forces to go into emergency mode and open a command post.

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Israel decided to send a delegation to Moscow because of the situation with the Sokhnut

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In the evening of July 27, an Israeli government delegation will leave for Moscow. She will deal with the problem of the operation of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Russia.

“On instructions from [Israeli] Prime Minister Yair Lapid and in coordination with the Russian authorities, an Israeli delegation will travel to Moscow today and meet with competent officials in Russia,” the office said in a statement. government of the Jewish state. The composition of the delegation is unknown.

The claim of the Ministry of Justice of Russia demanding the liquidation of the agency «Sohnut» entered the Basmanny Court of Moscow on July 21. In the Russian Federation, the organization has the status of an autonomous non-profit organization. The preliminary meeting is to be held on July 28.

Yair Lapdi said that Israel will seek the continuation of the work of “Sohnut” through diplomatic means. in Russia, and is ready to conduct a dialogue on the legal aspects of the agency's activities

The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov previously explained that Moscow had to “Dry” There are a number of issues in terms of compliance with Russian legislation. He advised not to politicize the situation.

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Israel declares its readiness for dialogue on the issue of the Sokhnut agency

Peskov previously stated that the requirement to liquidate the representative office of Sokhnut is connected with compliance with the law. The representative of the Prime Minister of Israel expressed hope for a dialogue on this issue = “Israel declared its readiness for dialogue on the issue of the Sokhnut agency” />

Israel is ready for dialogue with Russia on the issue of closing the representative office of the Sokhnut agency to preserve important relations between states, said a spokesman for the country's prime minister, reports The Times of Israel.

“Israeli-Russian relations are based on heritage, continuous ties and mutual interests. The Jewish community is central to these relations. 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 matter while maintaining important relations between countries, — said a spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister in response to a comment by Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Earlier, Peskov said that Moscow has questions for the Sokhnut agency. in terms of compliance with Russian legislation. At the same time, he urged not to politicize the situation and not to project it onto the entire range of Russian-Israeli relations.

Agency «Sohnut» was founded in 1929, it contributed to the repatriation of Jews to Palestinian lands, and after Israel gained independence— to the Israeli state. In Russia, there is a representative office of the agency, ANO “Sohnut”. According to the organization's website, it has offices and partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov, Pyatigorsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.

The Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate Russian representative office of Sokhnut July 21, pre-trial preparation of the case is scheduled for July 28. President of the Russian Jewish Congress Yuri Kanner told RBC that he did not know the reasons why such a decision was made.

According to the TV channel “13 Reshet”, the Russian authorities suspected “Sohnut” in the organization of the “brain drain” & mdash; desire to repatriate primarily businessmen and scientists. The Kremlin denied this information, saying that the requirement to liquidate the representative office of the Jewish Agency is connected with “compliance with Russian law.”

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Israel decided to send its delegation to Russia due to the situation around the agency. Prime Minister Yair Lapid warned that the closure of the Jewish Agency office would affect relations between the countries and instructed the Israeli Foreign Ministry to develop policy measures for this event. The agency's division itself plans to move its office to Israel and continue working remotely, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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The Foreign Ministry announced the “unconstructive” position of Israel on Ukraine

Tel Aviv has taken an incorrect position in relation to Russia's actions in Ukraine, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry believes. According to her, the position in support of the exclusively Kyiv regime “raised questions” in Moscow .jpg” alt=”The Foreign Ministry announced Israel's “unconstructive” position on Ukraine” />

Israel's anti-Russian position on the situation around Ukraine is not constructive and biased, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the Soloviev channel Live».

“You said our relationship has become more complicated. No, they didn't get more complicated <…> It did not happen on its own, and certainly not with the involvement of our side. Unfortunately, in recent months we have heard absolutely non-constructive and, most importantly, biased rhetoric from Tel Aviv at the level of statements, — she said.

According to Zakharova, the country's leadership allowed itself “anti-Russian assessments” situations. “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. It really raised questions, — said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, Israel condemned Moscow's actions, and then-Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called them “an attack and a serious violation of international order.” On July 1, he took over as head of the Israeli government, after the resignation of Naftali Bennett and the self-dissolution of parliament. At the same time, the country did not join the sanctions against Russia, although Lapid said that Israel refuses to be a “bypass road” to bypass.

Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar criticized the military operation in March. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, he called on all religious figures to use their influence to “stop the madness” that is taking place on the territory of Ukraine.

Moscow calls the goal of the special operation to protect the population of Donbass from the actions of Kyiv. President Vladimir Putin has also said that Russia is seeking to “denazify” and “demilitarization” Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested in mid-March that Jerusalem could be a potential venue for talks with Putin. He also offered then-Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to mediate negotiations with Moscow, Israeli radio station REKA reported, citing sources in Israel and Ukraine. Bennett met with Putin in Moscow in early March and also called him and Zelensky.

In early July, the Israel Hayom (Israel Today) newspaper reported, citing a member of the Lapid delegation with which the new prime minister went to Paris, that Israel was no longer involved in resolving the conflict with Ukraine.

On July 21, the Russian Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate the representative office in the country of the Jewish agency Sokhnut, which is engaged in repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates. According to a Jerusalem Post source, the authorities suspected the organization of illegally collecting information about Russian citizens. According to the newspaper, «Dry» received a demand to cease activities amid growing tensions in relations between the two countries due to Israel's position in relation to the Russian special operation in Ukraine, its support for Kyiv and President Zelensky. Israeli Prime Minister warned that the closure of “Sohnut” will have a negative impact on the relationship between the two countries.

Later, the Jerusalem Post also reported that the agency secretly began to prepare for relocation to Israel, since the management of the “Sohnut” found it impossible to resolve the legal status in this situation.

The Kremlin said that the claims against “Dry” are in the legal field. “This is due to compliance with Russian law. For reasons, please contact the Ministry of Justice, which made this decision,»,— Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Lapid instructed the Foreign Ministry to develop policy measures in the event of the liquidation of the Jewish agency in Russia, Israel Hayom reported.

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Israel warns of the consequences of closing the Jewish Agency in Russia

Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed that relations between Russia and Israel are important for the country's leadership. Israel also intends to send a delegation to Russia to negotiate on the issue of “Sohnut” ” alt=”Israel warned about the consequences of closing the Jewish Agency in Russia” />

The closure of the Jewish Agency in Russia (Sokhnut; deals with repatriation to Israel and assistance to repatriates) will affect relations between Russia and Israel, said Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

During the discussion of the situation under his chairmanship, Lapid said that relations with Russia are important to Israel. In addition, he stressed, the Jewish community in Russia is large, and its problems are discussed at all official negotiations with Moscow.

“The Prime Minister instructed the legal delegation to be ready to travel to Moscow as soon as Russian approval of the negotiations is received, and to make every effort to maximize the legal dialogue, while at the same time continuing to promote high-level political dialogue on this issue,” & mdash; The report says.

On July 21, the Ministry of Justice asked for the liquidation of the Russian representative office of the Jewish Agency ANO Sokhnut. It has offices and partners in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov, Pyatigorsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.

The Jerusalem Post later reported, citing sources, that the organization was developing a plan to relocate the office. According to the publication, “the agency has secretly launched a plan to move its operations from Russia to Israel and remotely control the repatriation process.” It clarified that the agency's management cannot yet regulate its legal status, therefore, it is working on the creation of a remote appeal mechanism.

The Kremlin argued that the demand to liquidate the Jewish Agency was related to compliance with Russian law and had nothing to do with a possible brain drain. Prior to this, the Israeli channel «13Reshet» claimed that the requirement of the Ministry of Justice is connected with the departure of businessmen and scientists from Russia to Israel, because of which “the scientific and business potential of Russia is significantly reduced.”

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Israel will send a delegation to Russia because of the situation with the Jewish Agency

The Ministry of Justice asked the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the representative office of the Jewish Agency (Sokhnut) in Russia. The organization refused to comment on the process

The Jewish Agency “Sohnut” in Moscow

Israel will send a delegation to Russia to discuss the situation around the liquidation of the representative office of the Jewish Agency (“Sohnut”), Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid wrote on his Twitter. The Moscow department of the Ministry of Justice made a request to liquidate the agency in Russia.

“Over the past hour, I have discussed the situation with the activities of the Jewish Agency in Russia with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council and decided to send a joint delegation next week to the relevant ministries [of Russia] to ensure the continuation of the activities of the agencies,” — he said.

RBC turned to the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, for comment.

As RBC was previously told in the press service of the Basmanny Court of Moscow, pre-trial preparation for the lawsuit for the liquidation of «Sohnut» scheduled for July 28, after which the date of the meeting will be determined at the request of the Ministry of Justice. In "Dry" declined to comment further to RBC on the course of the trial.

The President of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, told RBC that he did not know the reasons why the Ministry of Justice asked to liquidate the Sokhnut representative office. in Russia.

Answering a question from RBC about whether the Russian Jewish Congress would intervene in the situation, Kanner said: “Procedurally, there is no place for us there. The Ministry of Justice went to court. If the case went to court, then, apparently, no contacts worked anymore. 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".

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"I hope not, because "Dry" works everywhere in the world where there is a Jewish community (except Iran). «Dry»— very important, solid Israeli organization. Israel's first prime minister, Ben-Gurion, was the head of the Sokhnut, — added Kanner.

Agency "Sohnut" founded in 1929 to promote the repatriation of Jews to Palestinian lands, and after the independence of Israel— to the Israeli state. In Russia, the offices of the Sokhnuta representative office work in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Rostov and a number of other cities.

In early July, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Sokhnut office received a letter from the Russian government demanding to stop work. The organization said that they were working on a response and would coordinate it with the Israeli government.

At the same time, the representative office then told RBC that they had not received a demand to immediately stop work, and refused to provide further explanations.

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Demonstration in support of Russia held in Israel

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On July 16, the Anti-Fascist Israeli Front NGO organized a support action near the walls of the Russian embassy in Haifa.

The Israelis came to the rally with a tricolor and chanted: “Russia! Russia!”. The participants handed out leaflets with the text: “Do you still think that there are no Nazis in Ukraine? Wake up! The Nazis are already here!”

According to the Israeli politician Yakov Kedmi, Ukrainian “rabies” have gathered on the opposite side of the street. They tried to arrange several provocations, which were stopped by the police.

The other day it became known that US resident Joseph Biden intends to put pressure on the Israeli government to provide military assistance to Ukraine. Israel has not yet supplied equipment and weapons to Kyiv.

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US and Israel sign joint declaration on Iran’s nuclear program during Biden’s visit

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During President Joe Biden's trip to the Middle East, he's signed a joint declaration with Israel to counter Iran's nuclear program. The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Sina Azodi, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, about what the move means.

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US President Joe Biden and Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid, sign a security pledge at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem, July 14, 2022.

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US President Joe Biden signed a joint declaration with Israel's leaders on Thursday while visiting Jerusalem. The document was concerned wtih keeping Iran — an adversary of Israel — from acquiring a nuclear weapon. So far in Israel, Tehran and its nuclear program have loomed large in much of the discussions during Biden's trip.

Israel’s caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, pushed Biden to go beyond his official stance on Iran, and called on all nations to act if Iranians continue “to develop their nuclear program.”

Adopting different approaches, Israel has conducted covert sabotage and assassination operations to slow Tehran down, while the US has insisted on diplomacy and restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump withdrew from.

During a news conference in Jerusalem, Biden also added that he was “not going to wait forever” for Iran to rejoin those talks.

Sina Azodi, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, joined The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the context of the latest situation.

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Marco Werman: What does it mean for Iran, especially as multiparty talks for a revived nuclear deal are still alive?Sina Azodi: I think that for Iran, it was to be expected. But I think what really distinguishes this statement, or President Biden's remarks, is the fact that President Biden announced that he will not take the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) off of the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list, even if it comes at the cost of the collapse of the talks, which is quite interesting, because he will be risking a conflict in the region should Israel decide to take action against Iranian nuclear facilities, which by default will drag the United States into the conflict.So, the IRGC, as you pointed out, is designated as a terrorist group by the US, right?Yes, it is. But what really annoys Iran is the FTO designation, which is a State Department list. And it's quite irritating for Iranians.So, why is Iran such a high priority for Biden on this visit?I think the nuclear program is a great deal for the United States. We have seen that Iran has expanded its nuclear program. It has more knowledge, and that knowledge is not reversible. So, you cannot really take that knowledge out of the brains of Iranians. They have more technologies that are closer to a nuclear weapon. They are very close to this threshold of having enough fissile material for one single nuclear weapon. Now, I have to emphasize that this is not the same as having a bomb. It's enough fissile material to produce a bomb, should Iran decide to go for a bomb. So, the US is increasingly concerned with the new technologies that the Iranians have acquired over time, new centrifuges that Iranians have introduced. And for Israel, that's a security threat.So, I want to get back to those Iranian capabilities in a moment. But first, for Biden's trip in the Middle East, what have you seen in Iranian state media or from Iranian officials about his trip? What are they focused on?I mean, if you're sitting in Tehran and you see that a bunch of countries are joining their forces to basically defend against the backbone of your defense strategy, well, it's quite concerning from a Iranian standpoint. I personally think it would increase Iran's insecurities in the region because, as I said, the pact is supposed to counter the threat of the Iranian ballistic missiles program, which Iranians have for years invested in.As you said, Sina, Iran now has the fissile material to get to the next step in bombmaking. How likely is it that Iran will race to get the bomb if these negotiations fail and there is no nuclear deal?The security ramifications will be severe for Iran. One, there is a good chance that the United States would, in support of Saudi Arabia, deploy nuclear weapons to the region, which Iran would see as a threat, and it's a quite valid threat. Saudi Arabia may just go ahead and develop its own nuclear arsenal, which is another concern for Iran. So, I believe that unless there's a major shift in the security environment, I don't think Iran will go ahead and weaponize its nuclear program. However, that being said, I think Iran has always been interested in having the option of having a nuclear weapon.So, when the original Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]was struck under Biden's former boss, President [Barack] Obama, it was a long negotiation, but the doors were open with possibility. How different would you say the path of negotiation has been for Biden's White House?I believe it was two months ago that it came out that Biden had refused to commit his own administration to stick to the agreement. This is quite worrisome for Tehran, that it enters negotiations, it opens up its economy again and then, there's a good possibility that the sanctions will come into place. When Obama was in power, he was able to come to this understanding that Iran has its own legitimate rights. And the people who are in Tehran, also believe that we have to negotiate directly with the United States.And you're saying this is the thin ice that Biden's White House has had to operate on with Iran, kind of a lack of faith that signatures really have permanence.The saying goes, "You fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." I think this is the view in Tehran.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.AP contributed to this report.

Military historian estimated the likelihood of Israel using nuclear weapons against Iran

This could be a last resort

Amid reports of Tehran's imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons, US President Joe Biden said that in “extreme necessity” the Americans could attack the republic. Military historian Yevgeny Norin believes that Israel, in turn, may itself resort to the use of nuclear weapons if any other means of neutralizing the threat from Iran seem useless.

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In an interview with NEWS.ru, Norin noted that Israel is unlikely to decide to use nuclear weapons. According to the expert, the Israelis will use conventional weapons to the last, which has helped them so far.

The historian believes that Iran can respond to Tel Aviv and the West in a limited way, for example, by carrying out terrorist attacks or shelling Israel from the territory of other countries, namely Syria and Lebanon. However, according to Norin, it will not be a grandiose war, but rather a “local escalation”.

The expert urged not to consider Iran “a suicide who wants to burn in a nuclear fire.” According to the historian, the Iranian side is pragmatic and will not do anything that could provoke the “complete dismantling” of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its current form.

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Satanovsky revealed Biden’s true plan in Israel and Saudi Arabia

He will try to glue Middle East alliances together

In the near future, US President Joe Biden will visit Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, will travel to Iran, where will meet with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky believes that Biden's travel plans are obvious.

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In a conversation with Tsargrad Satanovsky noted that he himself would have to be asked about the agenda of the Russian president's visit to Iran. However, according to the political scientist, the plan of the Americans is “quite clear.” The expert predicts that Biden will attempt to glue the Middle East alliances so that oil can go to the world market, ousting Russia from it.

Satanovsky believes that the American president will at least seek this from the Saudis. The expert added that Biden would have to pay the Saudis in some way, so the US president would most likely talk about the great role America played in mediating between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

According to the political scientist, Israel, under In this case, it will be able to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran if something happens, since the US itself is leaving the Middle East. Due to the fact that America will not be there, Satanovsky believes that it is useless to hope for it, and this is clear to Israelis, Saudis and anyone else.

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President Biden’s visit to Israel focuses on regional security 

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​​​​​​​The top agenda item for Biden is regional security. Scheduled meetings with Israeli officials focus on strengthening the regional relationships that Israel has forged with some of its Muslim neighbors. 

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US President Joe Biden greets Holocaust survivors, Rena Quint and Gita Cycowicz, in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem, July 13, 2022.

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President Joe Biden first traveled to Israel back in 1973 when he was a newly elected member of the US Senate.

On Wednesday, he arrived for his 10th trip there, and his first as president.

The top agenda item for Biden is regional security. Scheduled meetings with Israeli officials focus on strengthening the regional relationships that Israel has forged with some of its Muslim neighbors.

Israel has new diplomatic relationships with some of their Arab regional neighbors Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco and Sudan.

Reporter Yardena Schwartz, who has been following Biden's visit in Jerusalem, said this is a focus for the president: “One of his goals in coming here is to help Israel and its new allies in the region develop a defense system to counter Iran with the help of Israeli technology.”

Israel isn't the only country in the region that's worried about Iran and its proxies, Schwartz said.

Also, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also high on the president’s agenda.

Biden will visit the occupied Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during his Middle Eastern trip.

The US hopes to reset the relationship between itself and Palestinians which suffered under former President Donald Trump.

Dalia Hatuqa, a Palestinian journalist, noted that Biden will only spend about four hours talking with Palestinians, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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“Speaking to lots of Palestinians on the ground, a lot of them say that they're under no illusion that the visit will achieve a political breakthrough,” she said.

Thus far, Biden hasn’t reversed the major changes that Trump implemented by closing down the Palestinian representative office in Washington, DC, shutting down the US consulate to Palestinians in Jerusalem, and also cutting financial support to the PA and funding to the UN refugee agency for Palestinians, she said.

Even so, Palestinians would like to see a number of things happen, she said, including pressure on Israel to stop settlements and to give slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s family justice.

“I think that Palestinians might talk about continued settlement activities in the West Bank and how they dim any prospect for a viable Palestinian state coexisting alongside Israel.”

Poland and Israel decided to improve relations

Israeli Ambassador Yakov Livne presented his credentials to the President of Poland. He promised to restore the Polish ambassador in the near future. Diplomatic relations between the countries became more complicated after the adoption by Warsaw of the law on restitution “Poland and Israel decided to improve relations” />

Presidents of Poland and Israel Andrzej Duda and Yitzhak Herzog agreed to normalize relations between the countries. The Polish leader announced this on Twitter.

“The first step has been taken. Ambassador Yakov Livne presented his credentials today. President Herzog has asked me to reinstate the Polish ambassador to Israel. I hope that this will happen soon,»— wrote Duda on Twitter.

The Duke on Twitter called the reception of Livne by his Polish colleague “an important step towards the development of Israeli-Polish relations.” and expressed his hope to soon receive a letter of credence from the Polish ambassador to Israel.

The new Israeli ambassador arrived in Warsaw at the end of February this year. Until November 2020, this post was held by Alexander Ben Zvi, who worked for a year.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry appointed Livne as head of the diplomatic mission back in September 2020, but the previous government did not support his candidacy. He received support only at the end of June last year.

In January 2018, the Polish parliament approved the “Holocaust law”, which criminalizes public statements that Poles either Poland is “responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich” or else was involved in the genocide of Jews during World War II. In Israel, this was considered Holocaust denial.

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Last August, Duda signed a law restricting the process of restitution of Jewish property. Descendants of Holocaust victims can now appeal against the seizure of property confiscated during World War II, only within 30 years from the date of such a decision. According to Duda, as practice shows, those who claim restitution are often figureheads.

After that, the Israeli Foreign Ministry recalled the chargé d'affaires in Poland “for indefinite consultations.” The new ambassador of the country, who was supposed to leave for Warsaw, remained at home, and the Polish ambassador was recommended to “continue his vacation in his country”; and use this time to “explain to the Poles what the Holocaust means to the citizens of Israel.” Warsaw promised to take symmetrical steps in response.

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Israel announces Saudi Arabia’s message of peace to Biden

The President of the United States will begin a trip to the Middle East in the coming days, where he will visit Israel and Saudi Arabia

Yair Lapid

U.S. President Joe Biden will take with him a message of “peace and hope” on his trip to Saudi Arabia; from Israel, said Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

“Israel appeals to all the countries of the region and calls on them to connect with us, establish relationships with us, change history for the sake of our children,”— quoted by Ynet news portal.

According to Lapid, after a visit to the country, Biden will fly from Israel to Saudi Arabia on a direct flight. The Israeli prime minister said that in his talks with the American leader, he plans first of all to touch upon the topic of Iran, since, according to Lapid, Iran is engaged in uranium enrichment.

“Israel, for its part, reserves complete freedom of action, political and operational, in the fight against the Iranian nuclear program,” he said.

Biden's trip to the Middle East will begin on July 13 and will last until July 16. The US President will visit Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia. According to Reuters, he will meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

On the eve of his trip, Biden published an op-ed in The Washington Post about his visit to Saudi Arabia. The upcoming trip caused criticism, however, writes the American leader, the United States must “resist Russian aggression”, and for this it is necessary to interact with countries that are capable of influencing global processes. Saudi Arabia, he says, is one such country.

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Biden also announced that he would be the first US president to fly directly from Israel to the Saudi city of Jeddah. “This journey will also be a small symbol of the nascent relationship and steps toward normalization between Israel and the Arab world, which my administration is working to deepen and expand,” — said the American president.

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The key prerequisites for changing Israel’s policy towards Russia are named

“Prime Minister Lapid will continue his course of further cooling of relations with the Russian Federation”

Last week, Yair Lapid officially took office as Prime Minister of Israel. The politician will lead the Cabinet until the announcement of the new composition of the government. This will happen following the results of early parliamentary elections on November 1 – the fifth in the last three years. Tel Aviv's policy towards Moscow is expected to undergo some adjustments. The expert told what exactly will change in Russian-Israeli relations under Lapid.

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The new Israeli prime minister is known for his critical remarks about Russia. Lapid was among the first Israeli politicians to directly condemn the Russian special operation in Ukraine. He urged Moscow to stop “fire and attacks” and solve all problems at the negotiating table.

At the same time, shortly before the start of the special operation, when possible anti-Russian sanctions were actively discussed, Lapid emphasized that Israel would make decisions on participation in them based on its own interests.

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Last year, Yair Lapid served as Israeli Foreign Minister in the coalition government. In this capacity, it was he who rather sharply commented on the words of his Russian colleague about the alleged Jewish origin of Hitler. In response, Yair Lapid noted that such statements are “unforgivable and outrageous.” According to him, they are also “a terrible historical mistake.”

“Fundamentally, Israel’s policy towards Russia will not change with the coming to power of Yair Lapid,” comments MK. Head of the Center for Middle East Studies of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Zvyagelskaya. – The new prime minister, who also retained the post of the country's foreign minister, always allowed himself & nbsp; tougher statements than his predecessor, Naftali Benet.

However, in this case we are talking not only about statements, but also about specific political actions. Support for the decision of the UN General Assembly to suspend Moscow's membership in the Human Rights Council, the presence of the Israeli leadership at the NATO summit at the Ramstein base (we are talking about the meeting of defense ministers of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and a number of other countries in April 2022 – “MK” ;) – all this very clearly indicated the position that Israel now occupies. At the same time, Israel stepped up its military raids in Syria, which also does not contribute to finding mutual understanding with Russia. And, of course, such steps caused a certain cooling of relations.

According to the expert, Yair Lapid, as prime minister, will apparently continue the current course.

“Israel in the issue of Ukraine, including based on its own interests, is forced to listen to its strategic ally,” continues Irina Zvyagelskaya. – At the same time, the Israeli authorities will not go too far in supporting Kyiv, for example, including direct deliveries of weapons and military equipment. They will demonstrate political support.

This position is connected, among other things, with the internal situation in the country. Israel has a fairly large community of immigrants from Ukraine, which has been strengthened by the recent influx of migrants. They take an active position, and the government & nbsp; one way or another takes into account their demands and their influence.

Meanwhile, one should not expect any serious tightening of Israel's policy towards Russia now, the expert believes. Ultimately, the Israeli leadership is not interested in completely spoiling relations with Moscow.

“There are too many ties and mutual interests, and cultural closeness continues,” Irina Zvyagelskaya stressed. – In such conditions, there is simply no reason to lead to any sharp complication of relations. At the same time, attempts  to show what does not suit Israel in the politics of Russia, are already taking place & nbsp; and, obviously, will continue».

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Israel Hayom learned about Israel’s refusal from the role of a mediator in Ukraine

At the same time, a meeting of the new Prime Minister Yair Lapid with Putin or Zelensky is not excluded, the source of the publication said

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Israel is no longer involved in the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine, writes Israel Hayom (“« Israel Today” with reference to a member of the delegation with which the country's new Prime Minister Yair Lapid is visiting Paris. The newspaper did not name the reasons for this decision.

According to the interlocutor of the publication, there are no obstacles for a meeting between the prime minister and Russian President Vladimir Putin, “despite deep differences.” about the Russian special operation. As for a meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, it is “not ruled out”, but no such talks are currently being prepared.

Lapid took over the Israeli government on July 1 after the resignation of his predecessor, Naftali Bennett, and the self-dissolution of parliament.

After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, Israel condemned the special operation, and Lapid, who held the post of Foreign Minister at that time, called it “an attack and a serious violation of international order.”

The Israeli radio station REKA reported in late February that Zelensky offered Bennett to mediate in negotiations with Russia. The then Prime Minister of Israel, in turn, offered mediation to Putin. In March, Bennett met with the Russian president in Moscow.

Subsequently, the Jerusalem Post wrote about the doubts of the Israeli authorities about the role of an intermediary.

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President of Ukraine in March called Jerusalem “the right place” for negotiations with Russia. However, not a single round of negotiations in Israel has taken place since the beginning of the Russian special operation. The delegations met several times in Belarus and one— in Turkey, after which the negotiations stalled and were frozen.

Russia launched an operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24th. President Putin stated that its goals are the protection of the population of Donbass, as well as the demilitarization and “denazification” of the population. neighboring state. The Russian authorities continue to declare their readiness for dialogue with Kyiv. In early March, Putin told Bennett that Moscow’s condition for resolving the conflict was the fulfillment of Russian demands: the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, ensuring its neutral and nuclear-free status, unconditional consideration of Russian security interests and recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea and the independence of the DPR and LPR.

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Israel criticized the words of the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Melnyk about Bandera

Melnyk called the Ukrainian nationalist leader a “freedom fighter”. The Israeli embassy in Germany announced an insult to the memory of the victims of Bandera and a distortion of historical facts jpg” alt=”The words of Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Melnyk about Bandera were criticized in Israel” />

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Statements of Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk about nationalist Stepan Bandera “distort historical facts, diminish the significance of the Holocaust and insult memory of those killed by Bandera and his people,” the Israeli embassy in Germany said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Melnyk, in an interview published in late June with German journalist Til Jung, said that he visited Bandera's grave in Munich “because he is important to so many Ukrainians as the personification of the struggle for freedom.” “A freedom fighter is not subject to any laws. Robin Hood is revered by all of us, but he also did not act according to the laws,— Melnik said.

Stepan Bandera— one of the leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), as well as one of the initiators of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, also recognized as extremist and banned). Bandera, after the German invasion of Poland, collaborated for some time with German military intelligence, and after disagreements with the Nazis, he was arrested by the image. He was imprisoned in Berlin, and after his release he moved to Munich, where he was killed by a KGB agent in 1959.

In Ukraine, torchlight processions in honor of Bandera are regularly held. Former President Viktor Yushchenko conferred on him the title of Hero of Ukraine in 2010, which the nationalist was subsequently stripped of by Yushchenko's successor Viktor Yanukovych.

The Israeli embassy believes that the diplomat's words “undermine the efforts of the Ukrainian people to live in accordance with democratic values ​​in the world.

A representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko, after the words of Melnyk, said that this is the personal opinion of the ambassador, which does not reflect the position of the department.

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One of the oldest mosques in the world, found by archaeologists in Israel

In the south of Israel, archaeologists have discovered the foundations of an ancient mosque. The remains of the mosque, which is more than 1200 years old, were discovered during the construction of a new quarter in the Bedouin city of Rahat.

The mosque, located in the Negev desert, was a square-shaped room with a semicircular prayer niche — mihrab. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the mosque dates back to the very beginning of the period of Islamic rule in Eretz Israel – that is, the 7th & 9th centuries AD.   400 meters from the found mosque, archaeologists also unearthed the ruins of a huge estate, which, judging by the finds, was the property of Byzantine Christians.

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