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Netanyahu Asks Putin to Rethink His Invasion of Ukraine

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Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israel’s opposition leader and contender for next prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, and urged him to reconsider, in his most direct criticism yet of the war. 

Netanyahu said in an interview with USA Today that he thought Putin’s decision to go to war in Ukraine was “guided by his vision of reconstituting a great Russian realm,” adding, “I hope he’s having second thoughts about it.”