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Israel envoy pans 'megaphone diplomacy' after ASEAN outcry on Gaza

Ambassador to Singapore says possible Netanyahu exit won't stop Asia outreach

Sagi Karni, Israel's ambassador to Singapore, defended his country's handling of the recent Gaza conflict in an interview. (Source photos by Embassy of Israel in Singapore and Reuters) 

SINGAPORE -- "Megaphone diplomacy" denouncing Israel is "cynical" and "completely futile" if the goal is to help Palestinians, the Israeli ambassador to Singapore argued weeks after a war with Gaza brought stern condemnations from some Southeast Asian states.

The ambassador, Sagi Karni, also told Nikkei Asia that an undeclared but real Israeli effort to strengthen relations in Asia would continue regardless of the possible power change in Jerusalem, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may soon be ousted after 12 years.

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