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Bennett stops short of condemning – or even mentioning – Russia; Calls on Jews to leave

“Every Jew knows we are waiting for him here, that the door to the State of Israel is always open,” he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, on February 20, 2022. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett offered a cryptic criticism of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine but stopped short of naming the country in remarks this afternoon about the unfolding crisis.

“The world order as we know it is changing,” Bennett said. “The world is much less stable, and our region too is changing every day.”

“These days teach us that war between armies is not, unfortunately, a feature of the past,” he said.

He also called on Israelis who are still in Ukraine to leave the country and for Jews to come to Israel.

“Leave now. Protect your lives. Our people are waiting to receive you at the border crossings in the western part of the country," he told Israelis.

“Every Jew knows we are waiting for him here, that the door to the State of Israel is always open,” he said.

“These are difficult, tragic times. Our hearts are with the civilians of eastern Ukraine who were caught up in this situation.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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