According to a new report, it appears Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett advised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to submit to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s demands in order to end the war which has now ravaged his country for weeks.
A senior Ukrainian official said that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday that he should take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for ending the war. An official in the Israeli Prime Minster’s Office denies the claim.
Why it matters: Bennett has emerged as a key mediator between Putin and Zelensky in the last two weeks. Israel has said it needs to remain neutral in the mediation, but the Ukrainian official told Axios that Bennett must present proposals and do more than act as a “mailbox” between the two sides.
Driving the news: The senior Ukrainian official claimed Bennett initiated the call on Tuesday and recommended Zelensky take the offer.
Zelensky and his advisers didn’t like Bennett’s recommendation, according to the Ukrainian official.
Bennett’s alleged advice could be an indication that the Israeli government has far less faith in the ability of the Ukrainian military to prevail over its Russian nemesis than many media outlets in the west have claimed thus far.