Netanyahu slams Russia’s anti-Israel stance on Gaza war

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Netanyahu slams Russia’s anti-Israel stance on Gaza war

JERUSALEM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized Russian positions against Israel regarding the Gaza war in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office said the Israeli prime minister expressed displeasure with anti-Israel positions expressed by Russian representatives at the UN and other forums.

He also strongly criticized the “dangerous” cooperation between Russia and Iran, according to the statement.

“Israel would use all means, diplomatic and military, to free all our hostages,” Netanyahu promised in the phone call.

The Israeli prime minister also called on Moscow to put pressure on the International Committee of the Red Cross “regarding visits and the delivery of medicine to our hostages,” the statement said.

The Kremlin also issued a statement in Moscow, saying they discussed “the difficult situation in the Israeli-Palestinian issue, in particular the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.”

During the meeting, Putin reiterated the principled position that “all manifestations of terrorism are unacceptable and condemned”, emphasizing the importance of combating terrorist threats without harming civilians.

He also stressed that Russia can do everything to alleviate the suffering of civilians and end conflicts, the statement said.

Putin and Netanyahu agreed to continue discussions on this issue.

Russia, one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, was among 13 countries that voted Friday in favor of a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza on humanitarian grounds. The United States vetoed the resolution.

Israel launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border Hamas attack on October 7, killing at least 17,700 Palestinians and injuring more than 48,780 others, according to Gaza health authorities. Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stands at 1,200, while at least 138 hostages remain held by Hamas, according to official figures.​​​​​​​

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