Israel has quietly expressed to Russia its dissatisfaction over statements issued by Moscow on the Hamas war, a senior Israeli diplomatic source confirmed to Al-Monitor.
On Tuesday, Israel’s public broadcaster, Kan, cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying, "The Russian conduct and also the statements against Israel do not correspond to the seriousness of the situation Israel is in, which is a state of war."
Eighteen days after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack against Israel, Russia's position on it became clear when President Vladimir Putin blamed the United States for the escalation. Now Israel is concerned about a major shift in Russia's Middle East policy that could increase security threats to it from Syria and elsewhere.
On a visit to North Korea last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “We are witnessing attempts to blame everything on Iran again. We consider these quite provocative.” He added, “The Iranian leadership takes a responsible, balanced position and calls for preventing this conflict from spreading to the entire region, to neighboring countries.”