‘Bennett Wants Ukraine to Surrender’: Ukraine Senior Official Says Israel’s Mediation Is Useless

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, on SundayCredit: Ronen Zvulun /AP

A Ukrainian government official harshly criticized Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s effort to mediate the crisis with Russia.

The official said Friday that Bennett is “using the mediation as an excuse to justify the fact that Israel is avoiding transferring military aid to Ukraine or joining the sanctions slapped on Russia.”

The official added that Bennett is serving as a mailbox between Ukraine and Russia.  

Last week, Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss the Ukraine crisis, followed by a phone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The two leaders met for three hours. Less than 24 hours after their meeting in Moscow, Bennett and Putin spoke again by phone. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Bennett also spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron following the phone call with Putin. 

The official went on to say that mediation does not mean passing messages between both sides, adding that a mediator needs to present a compromise. “Other counties can provide mail services and Israel’s natural status” has no advantage under these circumstances.”

In his last phone call with Zelenskyy, Bennett tried to convince the Ukrainian president to accept Putin’s offer, the official said.

“When Bennett told him he should accept the Russian stance, Zelensky replied: ‘I heard you, thanks,'” the official said, adding that Bennett wants Ukraine to surrender. 

Zelenskyy is interested in speaking before the Israeli parliament next week. If Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy does not allow him to speak before the plenum, or guarantee that a significant number of lawmakers attend, he plans to speak before Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial or broadcast his speech to the Israeli public at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

“Zelenskyy is exhausted from conversations with leaders, he wants to talk to the public,” the officials explained.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Embassy has begun mapping out the 20 major Israeli companies operating in Russia, in an attempt to persuade them to voluntarily join the sanctions next week, as other international companies have done.

This comes after the Israeli government clarified there is no legislation allowing it to force private companies to sever or limit ties with Russia.


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