Amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett offers to mediate between the two nations after Russian President Vladimir Putin raised a nuclear alert. There was no report whether Putin accepted the offer, but Bennett took a secret trip to Moscow last Saturday to meet with the Russian Czar.
Israel Offers to Mediate
Since the war broke out, Bennett has held phone calls with Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Putin. He maintained a friendly relationship with the two, even offering to host talks for both parties to reach an agreement of ceasefire.
His navigation to a careful diplomatic path paid the price when Putin agreed. It made him the first world leader to face the Russian leader since the invasion.
A religious observer of Jewish practice, Bennett went to Kremlin on a Sabbath. Together with him was Housing Minister Zeev Elkin, born in the Former Soviet Union and a religious Jew. He played as the translator for the Israeli Prime Minister.
After returning from the rare flight, Bennett did not detail their three-hour-long meeting. But an Israeli official told Insider that the two leaders also talked about the Israeli communities in Ukraine and the progress of nuclear talks in Vienna.
“I returned from Moscow and Berlin a few hours ago. I went there to assist the dialogue between all of the sides,” Bennett shared. “Of course, with the blessing and encouragement of all players.”
He then spoke with Zelenskyy after his trip.
According to the Jewish ruler, he will continue reaching both parties to end the brink of a possible World War 3.
He added, “We will continue to assist wherever this is requested, even if the chances are not great,” Bennett said. “The moment there is even a small opening. And we have the access to all sides and the capability; I see it as a moral duty to make every attempt.”
Reference: All Israel News