Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has expressed his willingness to visit Ukraine if there is progress in talks between kyiv and Moscow to end the war.
An Israeli diplomatic source said “Bennett expressed his willingness to visit kyiv if there is progress in talks with Moscow to end the war.”
According to what “Al-Ain Al-Akhbar” read in the Israeli newspaper “The Jerusalem Post”, “Ukrainian President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s office invited Bennett to visit as part of efforts to mediate a ceasefire between Moscow and kyiv. .”
The newspaper added that Israel’s General Security Service (Shin Bet) “is preparing a security plan for Bennett’s visit to kyiv in a short period of time amid Russian attacks on Ukraine.”
But the website of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said: “Bennett doesn’t want to go just to take pictures, but will go if he thinks he can help both sides end the war.”
On March 5, Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the capital Moscow as part of his mediation efforts. He also had several phone calls with the Ukrainian president.
On Monday, Bennett said that “in recent weeks, there has been some progress between Ukraine and Russia, but gaps on several core issues remain significant.”
He noted that the Russians are currently not trying to isolate Zelensky and fully demilitarize Ukraine, while kyiv has backed off its bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
He continued: “We have positioned Israel in a way that allows us to continue to communicate with both sides in an open and open manner, and we can make gains” in the mediation.