Jewish Agency: Israeli delegation finally allowed to fly to Russia to discuss crisis

A Moscow court is due to hear case for closing the agency’s offices tomorrow


TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 06: Yesh Atid Party leader, Yair Lapid, speaks at a press conference on May 6, 2021 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked Lapid to form a new Israeli government after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a new government. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

An Israeli delegation has finally been given permission to fly to Moscow to discuss the Russian government's move to close the Jewish Agency offices in the country.

The Israeli government became involved in the crisis after the Russian government filed a legal claim in an effort to shut the Jewish Agency’s offices in the country, a move that was condemned by Jerusalem last week as “deplorable and offensive”.

In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said: “In coordination with the authorities in Russia, the Israeli delegation will leave for Moscow this evening and hold meetings with the relevant parties in the Russian system."

A Moscow court is due to hear the case against the agency - which assists Jewish emigration to Israel - on Thursday.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that the action against the agency was due to “legal issues”, adding that it should not be “politicised”.

Israel’s president, lsaac Herzog, who was a former president of the agency, in an effort to give diplomacy a chance, said yesterday in an effort to calm tensions: “I believe that the less we speak about it, the better we’ll be.”

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