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Frustration in Israel Over China’s So-Called ‘Neutrality’

A member of the Israeli military stands next to an Iranian ballistic missile which fell in Israel on the weekend, during a media tour at the Julis military base near the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi on April 16, 2024. GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP

Ever since the war in Gaza began soon after Hamas’ terrorist assault in southern Israel on October 7th, Israeli stakeholders have expressed varying degrees of frustration with the Chinese response — or, more accurately, the lack of a balanced Chinese reaction.

Even though Chinese officials often state they are neutral in the various Mideast conflicts, their rhetoric and actions have been decidedly partisan against Israel and, by extension, the U.S.

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