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Extra! Israeli Press On Netanyahu's Hard D.C. Landing

Even as the U.S. and world media mark every step of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's U.S. visit, the Israeli press is keeping even closer eye on his reelection bid later this month.

The Israeli leader is set to address the U.S. Congress Tuesday in a speech that has already increased friction with President Barack Obama. Netanyahu is expected to implore U.S. lawmakers not to approve an accord with Iran over its nuclear program, even as the Obama administration is in full negotiations with Tehran.

Often crticial of Netanyahu, the Israeli daily Haaretz covered the prime minister's first full day in Washington, including his speech to an American-Jewish group AIPAC. In contrast to his rising popularity in his host country, Haaretz notes that Netanyahu's reelection bid is far from guaranteed.

"This could be Benjamin Netanyahu's last official visit abroad as prime minister," Anshel Pfeffer writes. "For the many who are scandalized by the way Israel's leader is making a speech today in Washington, against the express wishes of the Obama administration and just two weeks before the elections, this is a comforting thought. ..."

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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