In Arranging the Release of a Hostage from Syria, Russia Got to Show Israel Who’s Boss

Feb. 22 2021

Over the weekend, an Israeli woman—reportedly with a history of mental illness—who had snuck into Syria two weeks ago was returned to Israel via Moscow. In exchange, Jerusalem, in negotiations with the Kremlin, agreed to release two captured Syrian shepherds who were likely engaged in military reconnaissance. According to the New York Times and several other media outlets, Prime Minister Netanyahu has also arranged to purchase Russian-made coronavirus vaccines on behalf of the Syrian government as part of the deal. Yoav Limor comments:

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli Security, Russia, Syria

How Israel Can Readjust Its Diplomacy for a Changing Europe

In recent years, Jerusalem has developed good relations with a group of Central European countries that have proved far more sympathetic than those of the West, and whose governments have sometimes stopped the European Union from issuing anti-Israel statements. But Europe, both East and West, is now in a state of political flux, and this approach may soon be obsolete. Emmanuel Navon proposes a new direction for Jewish state that capitalizes on its economic ties with Western Europe. Take, for instance, post-Angela Merkel Germany:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, Europe and Israel, European Union, Germany, Israel diplomacy