Answer for “Sohnut”: Israel may close the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare response steps in case the Russian Federation stops the activities of the Jewish Agency in Russia.

In the event of the closure of the Jewish Agency “Sohnut” in the Russian Federation, the Israeli authorities may order the closure of the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv. This was reported by the Kan-11 TV channel.

According to journalists, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare retaliatory steps in case the Jewish Agency is closed in the Russian Federation.

“One of the steps that will probably be considered is to the closure or downsizing of the Russian center in Tel Aviv,” the publication says.

The broadcaster's source noted that specific measures have not yet been discussed by the Israeli authorities. As of the evening of July 24, the Israeli delegation, which was supposed to go to Moscow to discuss the issue of the Jewish Center in the Russian Federation, still did not receive a visa.

“Lapid instructed the legal delegation to be ready to leave for Moscow when Russian approval is received, and to make every effort for a legal dialogue,” the journalists said. to Israel and provides assistance and assistance to repatriates around the world. The agency is funded by the Jewish Federations of North America, major Jewish communities and foundations around the world. Every year Sokhnut promotes the repatriation of thousands of Jews from all over the world, including from the republics of the former USSR. If his activities are terminated in Russia, this will be the first time in 30 years that repatriation efforts are banned in the country.

In early July, the media reported that the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation had sent a letter to the Jewish Agency , which contains a requirement to stop activities in the country. After that, Lapid said that the closure of the agency in the Russian Federation would have a bad effect on the bilateral relations of the countries.

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