Netanyahu giving lessons to Putin!

Netanyahu: I hope Putin’s having second thoughts about his vision for Russian empire

Opposition leader says he’d consider arming Kyiv if he regains power, after frequently chiding outgoing coalition for getting too close to Ukraine at expense of Israel-Russia ties

22 October 2022

Kremlin in Moscow on January 30, 2020. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool/AFP)

Opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin is “having second thoughts” about his expansionist efforts, and revealed that he would consider supplying arms to Ukraine if he returns to office after Israel’s November 1 elections.

The comments appeared to mark a departure from the former prime minister’s long-held position that Israel should remain more neutral regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, given Israel’s desire to maintain its freedom of movement to strike Iranian targets in Syria whose skies Moscow controls.

In July, he tore into the current government for creating a “dangerous crisis” with Russia after he had worked for years to develop a “measured, balanced and responsible relationship with the Kremlin.

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