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Herzog – Putin talk about Russian attempt to shut down the Jewish Agency

Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke today with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s attempt to ban the world’s largest Jewish non-profit organization, which helps Jews immigrate to Israel.

Russia’s Justice Ministry is seeking to shut down the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, alleging it violates privacy laws.

Some Israeli politicians have expressed concern that Russia may retaliate against Israel’s criticism of its invasion of Ukraine, as well as the impact these bilateral tensions may have on Russia’s Jewish community.

Some also worry that it could damage Russian-Israeli contacts over Syria, where Moscow has deployed air power to support the government and Israel has struck what it says are military targets linked to Iran.

“The telephone conversation was frank and clear. The two presidents emphasized the important areas of cooperation between Israel and Russia and agreed to continue contacts,” the Israeli president said in a statement.

The Kremlin announced that the two leaders agreed to continue contacts for the Jewish Agency from both countries.

About 600,000 Russians have immigrated to Israel because of their Jewish heritage, and officials say there has been an increase in immigration applications since the dispute erupted.

Herstog, whose role is symbolic, said the phone call with Putin was coordinated by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who had condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: RES-MPE

Source: Capital

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