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Putin : A close friend of Israel

Published on 11 July 2014, by M. Tomazy.
It is not uncommon belief that Vladimir Putin is one of Arab friends and/or "anti-imperialist". 
Putin said during meeting with a delegation of rabbis, led by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, and rabbis of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE):
 "I support the struggle of Israel as it attempts to protect its citizens. I also heard about the shocking murder of the three youths. It is an act that cannot be allowed, and I ask you to transmit my condolences to the families," added the Russian president, in referring to the abduction and murder of three teens in June by Hamas terrorists."