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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, Oct. 22, 2021. Photo by Koby Gideon/GPO.

Bennett, Putin discuss Iran, Syria during five-hour Sochi meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that his recent meeting in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been “very good and in-depth.” In his opening address at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Bennett...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, Sept. 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Bennett plans to meet with Putin in Russia, in part to discuss Iran aggression

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is slated to travel on Oct. 22 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time, the prime minister’s office announced on Twitter on Tuesday. The two leaders...
Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019. Credit: Sasa Dzambic Photography/Shutterstock.

Israel faces Russia policy change, or perhaps political posturing, regarding Syria

Lebanese media outlets as well as Saudi Arabia’s London-based Asharq Al-Awsat have reported that Israel’s freedom of action against Iran in Syria is dwindling as Russia makes changes to its policy vis-à-vis its relationship with Israel....
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaking with U.S. President Joe Biden on June 13, 2021. Credit: Ariel Zandberg/GPO.

In first phone call, Bennett thanks Putin for Russia’s role in ‘regional stability’

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the role that his country is playing in maintaining regional stability, his office said in a statement. Monday’s phone call was the...

A Summit of Consequence? Great Power Diplomacy and Inadvertent Nuclear War

“In a surrealist year…. some cool clown pressed an inedible mushroom button, and an inaudible Sunday bomb fell down, catching the president at his prayers on the 19th green.”-Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow in June 2016. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Netanyahu, Putin discuss Iran, Syria and COVID-19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday morning to discuss regional security issues, the Prime Minister’s Office reported. The conversation between the two leaders focused on...
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Lukashenko’s iron fist in Belarus

Around the world, authoritarian regimes continue to growl in the faces of their own people as they demand freedom and reform. In Venezuela, Nicolas Máduro still clings to the presidency despite the fact that...
Protesters call for the release of Naama Issachar, an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia for drug offenses, at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, on Oct. 19, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Israeli-American backpacker Naama Issachar freed from Russian prison

Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman who has been imprisoned in Russia on drug charges since April, was released from prison on Thursday, the Russian prison service said in a statement. “Due to the presidential decree...
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

What Putin didn’t talk about in Jerusalem …

Predictably, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to last week’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem raised hackles among the responsible guardians of Holocaust memory. The Russian dictator claimed that 40 percent of the 6 million Jewish victims...
Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks during a ceremony in the March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp site in Poland, as Israel marks annual Holocaust Memorial Day, on April 12, 2018. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

A Polish-Russian row over commemoration of the Holocaust

A profound and bitter battle between Israel and Poland has been brought to crisis point by the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which is being commemorated by world leaders this week at...