Israel’s balancing act still not enough for Russia


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Israel’s balancing act still not enough for Russia
Israel has tiptoed between Western allies and Moscow, but its vote to remove Russia from the UNHCR could sour relations.
Published: APRIL 18, 2022

Since the beginning of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Israel has been struggling with a balancing act: tiptoeing between pleasing its Western allies and keeping in check its powerful Russian-influenced neighbor on its northern border, Syria. Today it seems that Israel’s attempt to stay as neutral as possible on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine – for example, Israel did not join the Western countries’ sanctions against Russia and declined to sell weapons to Ukraine – has not succeeded in pleasing Moscow.

Earlier this month, Israel voted at the United Nations General Assembly in favor of removing Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. “There was a poorly camouflaged attempt to take advantage of the situation in Ukraine to distract the international community’s attention from one of the oldest unresolved conflicts – the Palestinian-Israel one,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement over the weekend, reacting to Israel’s vote and to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s statements regarding the suspension of Russia’s membership in the UNHRC.