Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a very discrete and distant position towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lest such a position tars Israel’s good relationship with Russia – this discretion will wither away as the Israelis have been flustered with Russia’s position to take the lead in advocating for the Palestinians at this precise moment. Israel is now in a state of war and its activities will span across the region as it plans to weaken Iran’s military network and infrastructure. Ukraine will also benefit from this situation given Iran is supplying Russia with weapons.
Yesterday, Russia called for mediation between the Israelis and the Palestinians while the West and many Arab countries like the United Arab Emirates and Egypt are backing Israel’s stance to retaliate. Saudia Arabia, Qatar, and Iran issued statements condemning Israel’s provocations, while Russia is advocating for the Palestinians in the UN Security Council. The head of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit will be visiting Russia to meet the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister. These are clear demarcations that will condition Israel’s foreign policy going forward. There will also be no Saudi-Israeli deal for some time – and this was Iran’s initial objective, but Israel’s break from Russia will affect Iran negatively.