What can you talk about with Putin?

 What can you talk about with Putin?

Author//: Irina Petrova

Naftali Bennett's visit to Moscow for one evening became the number one sensation, eclipsing even reports from the fronts of Ukraine. What urgency caused the prime minister of Israel, a man of religion, to travel on Saturday? And is there any point in talking with Putin after the cadres of the destroyed Ukrainian cities went around the world?

It is easy to guess what was discussed – about Ukraine, about Syria, about a deal with Iran, about
fate of Russian and Ukrainian Jews. But no one knows what exactly was said, why the conversation went on for three whole hours and what its result (if it was at all). In addition to Zeev Elkin, who acts as an interpreter, the prime minister was accompanied by the head of the National Security Council, Eyal Khulata, foreign policy adviser Shimrit Meir, and press secretary Matan Sidi,
but they did not participate in negotiations with the president. Perhaps they had their own task in Moscow, their own meetings? And why did the head of government return home via Germany, although Chancellor Scholz met with him in Israel only recently?corridors for the evacuation of Jews and citizens of Israel from Ukraine – for all the importance of this problem, it did not arise yesterday and another day could have been chosen for its solution. The same applies to the interaction of the Russian and Israeli military in Syria. Moscow recently confirmed that strategic cooperation remains unchanged, so this is not a sufficient basis for urgent negotiations.

It is believed that the Israeli prime minister, enjoying the sympathy that
Putin tests him, tried to convey to him the true picture of what is happening in Ukraine and in the world, and not those optimistic reports that his entourage present to the president. But here there are strong
doubts: would Bennett decide to take such a step, and would Putin listen to him?

Since the reason for the violation of the Sabbath by a religious Jew can only be the salvation of human life, it can be assumed that at the top they know something very serious and terrible, which is unknown to everyone else. It cannot be ruled out that the Kremlin is really preparing to use nuclear weapons, and as a result Bennett's mediation efforts are invaluable to the whole world. an honorable resignation and immunity from criminal prosecution.

Finally, Israel's possibility of mediating a settlement between Russia and Ukraine has long been discussed, as our leaders manage to maintain trusting relationships with both sides so far. In any case, Putin did not talk to anyone else for as long and as possible
suppose, didn't tell him a definite “no”. The chance for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the territory of Israel and with the participation of the Israeli side inspires some hope, especially against the backdrop of fruitless meetings in Belarus. Meanwhile, skeptics believe that Bennett does not and did not have a real opportunity to influence Putin, and his urgent trip to Moscow – just a bluff, designed to increase their own rating. The true purpose of the visit – solve a private problem of Israel, which looks insignificant against the background of what is happening in Ukraine. This, of course, is about the West's nuclear deal with Iran, which is nearing completion on Tehran's terms, which poses the most direct threat to the Jewish state. Apparently, in the absence of sanctions, Iran can create a nuclear weapon in a year. And here, oddly enough, it is Putin who can turn the tide. Despite the growing international isolation of Russia, its representatives are still taking part in the negotiations in Vienna. So Bennett has two options here. First – persuade Putin to block a deal that would allow Iran to emerge from the economic crisis and accelerate its nuclear program. And the second – obtain certain concessions from the Kremlin on Ukraine and, in return, convince Western countries to delay the signing of the agreement in Vienna.
The problem is that Bennett, too, has to make promises to Putin, and today, with the boycott of Russia growing every day, he has little to offer. Yes, and the president of all Russia, taken on the “weak” international sanctions, will not voluntarily stop or restrict the Ukrainian “special operation”.
In fact, Israel is able to influence Putin. First of all, the IDF operations in Syria are in the interests of Russia, since they are directed exclusively against Iranian and pro-Iranian forces and do not undermine the Assad regime, which is so important to Moscow. Secondly, the President of the Russian Federation, in all likelihood, is inclined to share faith in the myths about the power of world Jewry. In this case, it is to our advantage: our leader can speak to him on behalf of all Jews.
Is it true – another question, the main thing is that the interlocutor believes in it. Bennett's peacekeeping activity is also aimed at easing the tension that has arisen between Israel and the United States. Many American politicians and officials, including friends of Israel, are openly dissatisfied with the Jewish state's restraint in relation to the conflict in Ukraine. Israel did not support the condemnation of Russian aggression in the UN Security Council (although it voted “for” at the General Assembly) and did not agree to the supply of a number of weapons to Ukraine, including Stinger missiles; and “Iron Dome” air defense batteries.
On this occasion, a direct question is already being asked across the ocean: “Who are you with: with the Russians or with us and the West?”.
To this, Bennett found the optimal answer: “We are for peace,” although at the moment these are just words. Nevertheless, if our prime minister manages to bring the end of the massacre in Ukraine closer with his diplomacy and save humanity from the Third World War, he will forever inscribe his name in the history of Israel and the whole world. goals related to the Iran deal, then this is important not only for Israel. Today, no one, except us, thinks that a nuclear Tehran poses no less danger to the planet than a nuclear Russia, only delayed in time. To take her away, you can and should talk to anyone, even Putin.

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