Opinion: Why Netanyahu is suddenly a lot less friendly with Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, 2020. (XIM SHEMETOV/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion by Anshel Pfeffer

Editor's Note: Anshel Pfeffer (@anshelpfeffer) is a writer for Ha'aretz and the Israel correspondent of The Economist. He is the author of "Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu." The views expressed here are his own.

Long before the current war in Ukraine began nearly a year ago, Israel has maintained strict neutrality in the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. That may be about to change.

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