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Is Russia escalating Jewish Agency crisis because of Israel's stance on Ukraine?

Some Israeli security and diplomatic experts believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the Jewish Agency crisis to pressure Israel against selling natural gas to Europe.
The sign at the entrance to the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency for Israel office is seen in this photo, Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2022.

The crisis between Israel and Russia over the operation of the Jewish Agency, which is tasked with assisting Jews who want to emigrate to Israel, is not going anywhere. In fact, it may be escalating.

No progress was made at an Aug. 1 meeting in Moscow between the legal delegation sent by Israel and Russian Justice Ministry officials. And what's worse, the Russians seemed to leave no room for any negotiations or litigation. They presented Israel with a stark position: The Jewish Agency had broken Russian law and it must shut down its operations that facilitate the immigration of Russian Jews to Israel.

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