Israeli basic explains significance of shut ties with Russia 

50 Israeli basic explains significance of shut ties with Russia 

Moscow may also help keep away from warfare with iran, a veteran air pressure commander instructed the Jerusalem Put up

West Jerusalem wants to take care of a great relationship with Moscow with a view to hold its warfare on Hamas from escalating into a world battle, retired Israeli Air Power basic Israel ‘Relik’ Shafir has mentioned.

Shafir is a part of an elite corps of Israeli aviators, having flown the 1981 mission to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak. He later commanded the primary IAF airbase at Tel Nof and the pilot’s faculty at Hatzor, retiring in 2002 as a brigadier-general after 31 years in service. 

Talking to the Jerusalem Put up in an interview printed on Thursday, Shafir argued that there was no purpose for Israel to antagonize Russia.

“With all respect to those that have the alternative view, but it surely’s [the] nationwide curiosity of Israel to maintain good relations with Russia, as shut as doable and in addition to doable,” Shafir mentioned. “We should always perceive Russia’s curiosity and understand how and the place it might correspond to ours. I’m not a supporter of [PM Benjamin] Netanyahu, however he understands it properly.”

Whereas Shafir insisted that Israel should “crush” Hamas after the October 7 incursion, he argued that this shouldn’t be allowed to escalate into a world battle that may contain the US, Russia, and China. 

“There are most likely 2 million Russian-speaking individuals in Israel. We actually have cultural, humanitarian ties. However there are additionally the political pursuits of Israel, an apparent strategic purpose: Russia has presence in Syria and is working with Iranians, which makes the sport extra difficult,” Shafir mentioned. “We positively ought to hold good relations with Russia as a result of it offers us some leverage in the direction of Iran.”

The Ukraine battle “has nothing to do with us,” Shafir mentioned, noting that West Jerusalem has helped Kiev with “all types of humanitarian wants,” however that “promoting it ammunition is an involvement in battle, which we don’t need.”

He mentioned the White Home’s try to hyperlink US support to Ukraine and Israel in the identical spending invoice is “an inside American matter of the best way to run the monetary and army facet within the Congress, which is against the president.”

US President Joe Biden has requested $14 billion for Israel and $61.4 billion for Ukraine as a part of a $106 billion emergency spending invoice, which has gone nowhere within the Republican-majority Home of Representatives. An Israel-only invoice adopted within the Home was blocked within the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Shafir’s interview was printed as a part of a Jerusalem Put up collection referred to as ‘The World is Burning’ by journalist Nick Kolyohin.

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