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Russian Policies During the Israeli-Hamas War Since October the 7th

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
13.5.24

During the Israeli-Hamas conflict, Russia maintained neutrality and engaged in diplomacy with both sides, emphasizing de-escalation. This approach aligns with Russia's strategic interests in balancing regional relationships and enhancing its global influence​

The article from the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies examines Russia's policies during the Israeli-Hamas conflict. Key points include:


  1. Neutral Stance and Diplomatic Engagements: Russia maintained a neutral stance, calling for de-escalation and a ceasefire, while engaging diplomatically with both Israel and Hamas. Russian officials emphasized the need for a two-state solution and held discussions with leaders from both sides to mediate and manage the crisis.

  2. Strategic Interests: Russia's approach is driven by its strategic interests in the Middle East, aiming to balance relationships with various regional actors, including Israel, Iran, and Arab states. This neutrality helps Russia to maintain its influence and position as a mediator in regional conflicts.

  3. Geopolitical Maneuvering: The conflict provided Russia an opportunity to highlight its role as a significant geopolitical player. By positioning itself as a mediator, Russia seeks to enhance its global standing and counterbalance U.S. influence in the region.

  4. Impact on Russian-Israeli Relations: Despite Russia's calls for restraint and its balanced diplomacy, its support for Palestinian aspirations and dialogues with Hamas indicate a complex relationship with Israel. This dynamic reflects broader geopolitical strategies rather than a direct support for any party in the conflict.

  5. Media and Public Diplomacy: Russia also utilized media and public diplomacy to project its stance and influence public opinion. Russian media covered the conflict extensively, often emphasizing the humanitarian aspect and advocating for peaceful resolution through dialogue.

For further details, you can read the full article on the BESA Center's website.

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