Zelensky Hopes to Cooperate With Incoming Israeli Gov’t

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

President Yitzchak Herzog held a phone call on Thursday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, the President’s Office said in a statement.

The Ukrainian leader offered his condolences over Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Yerushalayim that killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded at least 18 others in two coordinated bombings. Zelensky offered “strength to the people of Israel” after the attack and “underscored the deep connection between Israel and Ukraine.”

Zelensky noted that the bond between the two countries includes the many Jewish immigrants to Israel from Ukraine.

Herzog said that the Israeli people are concerned about the Ukrainian people caught up in a war sparked by Russia’s military invasion of the country. He emphasized that Israel is “working in various ways to alleviate its humanitarian suffering.”

Zelensky said afterwards on social media that they spoke about Ukraine’s energy needs, and said he invited Israel to join the Grain from Ukraine program, in which countries buy the country’s agricultural produce and send it to African nations to alleviate hunger.

While relations between the two countries have been contentious since the start of Russia’s military invasion, according to the readout of the call Zelensky expressed hope for cooperation with the next government led by Binyamin Netanyahu.

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