September 27, 2022

Israel criticizes Zelensky’s speech before the Knesset

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Israeli MP Simch Rotman criticized the words of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said that Ukrainians are now allegedly experiencing the same thing as Jews 80 years ago. On Monday, March 21, he expressed his dissatisfaction on Twitter.

The words of the Ukrainian leader caused indignation in the Knesset, as it is known that Ukrainian nationalists were active participants in the Holocaust, and many of them were guards of Nazi concentration camps.

“I don’t understand Ukrainian, but if the translation I heard is correct, Zelensky asked us to treat Ukrainians the way they treated us 80 years ago. Sorry, I think we’ll have to turn down his request. Still, we are a moral nation and we want to bring good to all peoples, ”Rotman wrote.

Earlier, on March 12, it was reported that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, during a recent telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recommended that he agree to Russia’s offer to cease hostilities.

However, a spokesman for Bennett denied this information. According to him, the Prime Minister is not going to give any recommendations to the President of Ukraine.

Also, the office of the Israeli prime minister emphasized that Bennett conducts all contacts directly with Zelensky and his closest advisers, which means that third parties could not hear the details of the conversation.

On March 8, Bennett had telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The parties discussed various aspects of the situation around the special military operation of the Russian Federation to protect Donbass. The leaders agreed to continue the dialogue on this issue.

The situation in Donbass escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the DPR and LPR announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.

Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass on February 24. The Russian side emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out only on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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