Lapid warns Russia: Jewish Agency closure would be ‘grave event’ with impact on ties


Assessment: PM plans to send delegation to Moscow this week to try to convince Russian authorities to cease their moves against the quasi-governmental Israeli immigration organization … 

Prime Minister Yair Lapid warned Russia on Sunday against shuttering the offices of the Jewish Agency in the country, saying such steps would be a “grave event” that would negatively affect the diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Moscow.

Lapid’s overt warning to Moscow came in response to recent steps by Russian authorities against the quasi-governmental Israeli organization, which is tasked with facilitating and encouraging Jewish immigration to Israel. Last week, the Russian Justice Ministry officially called for the “dissolution” of the Jewish Agency’s activities in Russia, claiming the organization had violated a number of local laws.

“… Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.” Ez. 39:1-2

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid holds a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on July 24, 2022. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)

In recent weeks the Jewish Agency has turned to the Foreign Ministry for help, getting the Israeli ambassador to Russia to advocate on its behalf.

Last week, Lapid, who also serves as foreign minister, announced that his office would send a delegation to Moscow this week to speak with Russian officials about the matter and on Sunday, members of the delegation met in the Prime Minister’s Office for a situational assessment before heading out, potentially on Monday.

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