Israel is brought in by the Biden administration to assist in mediating negotiations between the US and Russia as tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border increase, according to Israeli army radio station Galei Tzahal Wednesday morning.
The US has been attempting to deescalate tensions with Russia in recent days, despite President Joe Biden’s suggestion Tuesday that he would slap penalties on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
According to the source, the United States requested Israel act as a mediator in diplomatic attempts to avert a significant schism between the United States and Russia.
Additionally, the report stated that Israel is keeping a low profile publicly on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, citing the significant Jewish communities in both countries and concerns that overt Israel support for either side will feed anti-Semitism in the region.
The Pentagon stated on Monday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had placed some 8,500 troops based in the United States on “heightened alert” for speedy deployment to help NATO if necessary.
According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, no decision had been taken to deploy them, but the US could also offer troops already stationed in Europe.