Biden and Israeli leaders will discuss food crisis made worse by Ukraine war
During a call Thursday as part of President Biden’s four-day visit to the Middle East, the leaders of Israel, the United States, India and the United Arab Emirates will discuss the security crisis. global security, according to The White House. Such a focus highlights the profound effect that Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has exacerbated global grain shortages, has had on international diplomacy, even within countries. far from Ukraine.
Ukraine policy has been a point of friction between Israel and the United States. Israel has beware of being too critical of Russia, lest it provoke Moscow into problems for Israel’s military strategy in the Middle East. And that caution has sometimes provoked criticism from the United States.
Israel has expressed continued support for Ukraine, whose president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish. It sent humanitarian aid, pledged to send protective equipment, set up a field hospital in western Ukraine and voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
But it did not send weapons or enforce formal sanctions against Russian oligarchs.
Naftali Bennett, who has been Israel’s prime minister for most of the time since the war began in late February, generally avoids directly criticizing Russia. He frankly left criticism of the Kremlin to his foreign minister, Yair Lapid, who succeeded him Prime Minister this month.
Israel has described the delicate balancing act as an attempt to allow Israel to mediate between the two sides, avoid subjecting Jews in both Russia and Ukraine to hostile attacks, and maintain relations. delicate with the Russian army in Syria.
For most of the past decade, the Israeli Air Force has attacked military targets in Syria without interference, attempting to stem the flow of weapons Iran has sent to its proxies in Syria and Lebanon.
However, Russia also maintains a significant military presence in Syria, and Israel needs Moscow’s blessing to continue operating there with ease.