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Israel “supports Ukrainians as much as possible,” Foreign Minister says

Demonstrators gather to support Ukraine following the Russian invasion and watch a speech by Ukrainian President Wolodimir Zelensky on March 20, 2022, broadcast to Israeli Parliamentary Knesset in Habimaskair, Tel Aviv, Israel. ..Reuters / Corinna Khan

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Ukraine, Lviv, March 20 (Reuters)-Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Israel in a speech at parliament on Sunday and sanctions Russia’s invasion why it did not provide its own missile defense. I asked if it wasn’t there.

In reply to Zelenskiy, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that Israel, which sent field hospitals and other humanitarian aid to Ukraine, would continue to support the people “as much as we can.”

Israel, the mediator of the Ukrainian-Russian crisis, has blamed Russia’s invasion, but has strained relations with Moscow, a powerhouse in neighboring Syria, where Israeli forces frequently attack pro-Iranian militias. I’m wary of.

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“Everyone knows that your missile defense system is the best … and you can definitely help our people and save the lives of Ukrainians, Ukrainian Jews,” Jews said. Zelensky himself told Knesset in a video call.

“We can ask why we can’t receive weapons from you, why Israel doesn’t impose strong sanctions on Russia, or why it’s not putting pressure on Russia’s business,” he said. Said in the speech.

He mentioned the Israeli Iron Dome system, which is often used to intercept rockets launched by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

“Both ways, the choice of brothers and sisters is up to you, and you have to live with your answer, the Israelites,” Zelensky said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow two weeks ago and has been in frequent discussions with him since then, out of 120 members of parliament who participated in the video call. It was included in more than 100 people.

He did not comment immediately after the Ukrainian leader spoke.

In his speech, Zelensky described a comparison between the Russian attack and Nazi Germany’s plans to eradicate European Jews during World War II.

“Listen to what is being said in Moscow now and hear them saying those words again. The final solution. But this time in relation to us, the Ukrainian question “He said.

Putin used the term “final decision / final resolution” once in the last 30 days, according to Reuters monitoring his remarks, but with the same resonance or meaning as the Nazi term. Context.

Zelenskiy’s mention draws blame for the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany in World War II from the Israeli monument Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

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Report by Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder by Matthias Williams and Ari Rabinovitch, edited by Alexander Smith, Jeffrey Heller and Frances Kerry

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