There are many signs of a deterioration of relations between Russia and Israel since the start of the war in Gaza, and they have stoked concern about potential flashpoints between the two countries, not least in Syria, where both have a military presence.

Representatives from both sides have been openly bickering at various diplomatic meetings in clashes that have become almost commonplace.

There was a revealing example at the United Nations, where Moscow’s permanent representative, Vasily Nebenzya, said that Israel is an occupying power and has no right to defend itself. On his part, Israel’s ambassador, Gilad Erdan, called Russia “the last country” that could teach Israel how to respect international law.

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