Israel will now defend its interests instead of ‘bowing’ to international demands, newly re-elected prime minister says
Israel will revise its foreign policy to make it more consistent with its national priorities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who formed a new government last month following snap elections, said Wednesday. The country will no longer lower its head in response to the world’s demands, he told a conference organized by the Zionist Betar movement in Jerusalem.
“Our voice will be heard in the world” said the Prime Minister announcing “a review of foreign relations” among other policy changes his newly formed government plans to introduce. “Instead of… yielding to the dictates of the international community, we will proudly defend our interests in the State of Israel and the Land of Israel,” he added.
Netanyahu did not refer to any specific nation or international organization that could be affected by this new policy. He also did not mention the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kyiv. However, the new Israeli Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, also announced the change in his country’s policy towards Ukraine.
Israel signals policy change in Ukraine
Israel would make fewer public statements on the issue, the minister said, while promising “important” humanitarian aid in Kyiv. He also confirmed that he would meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, directly this week. Cohen added that there is no replacement for US-Israeli relations and called it one of the nation’s top priorities.
Relations between Russia and Israel took a nosedive under Netanyahu’s predecessor, Yair Lapid, who publicly condemned Moscow for its military operation in Ukraine. Russia responded at the time by calling the statements “Totally unconstructive.”
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