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Comparing Ukraine with Gaza, Russia accuses Israel of hypocrisy

Moscow argues that Prime Minister Yair Lapid cannot condemn Russia for alleged war crimes while attacking the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid speaks during the party's opening election campaign rally ahead of Israel's general elections, Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 3, 2022.

The Russian Embassy in Egypt slammed Prime Minister Yair Lapid over Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 9. The embassy accused Lapid of hypocrisy for firing at Gaza while condemning Russia's military actions in Ukraine. 

In a statement posted on its social media accounts, the embassy showed a screenshot of a tweet Lapid posted April 3 on the killing of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, attributed to Russian forces. Lapid wrote at the time, “It is impossible to remain indifferent in the face of the horrific images from the city of Bucha near Kiev, from after the Russian army left. Intentionally harming a civilian population is a war crime and I strongly condemn it."

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