Israeli officials are reportedly worried that potential sanctions on Russia by the United States would harm Israelه security interests in Syria.
Citing unnamed security officials, Walla News said Tel Aviv’s close ties with Washington could threaten its coordination with Moscow on operations in Syria.
The officials said such correspondence is vital to prevent Iran and its proxies from further establishing themselves in Syria.
“US sanctions against Russia put Israel in a very embarrassing position,” Walla News quoted an official.
“The US is a long-standing, stable ally, but Israel needs Russia given the circumstances in the Middle East.”
Earlier on Monday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the Zionist entity has its own considerations to weigh when it comes to US sanctions on Russia.
Lapid said he told Washington and Moscow that Israel “will do the right thing according to our set of values.”
He described ‘Israel’ as being “in a bit of a Baltic situation,” adding: “We have a kind of border with Russia…the important force inside Syria.”
Western powers, including the US and the United Kingdom, have threatened sanctions on Russia in the event of Moscow ‘invading’ Ukraine.
US on Monday announced sanctions against separatist areas in Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk, after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the breakaway of the separatist regions.
Source: Israeli media