Demonstrators gather in support of Ukraine following the Russian invasion and watch Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech as it is broadcast in front of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on March 20, 2022 in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel . REUTERS/Corinna Kern
March 20, 2022
LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rebuked Israel in an address to his parliament on Sunday, asking why it is not providing his country with missile defenses or sanctioning Russia for its invasion.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid responded noncommittally to Zelenskyy, saying in a statement that Israel, which has sent a field hospital and other humanitarian aid to Ukraine, will continue to support its people “as much as possible”.
As a mediator in the Ukraine-Russia crisis, Israel has condemned the Russian invasion. But it has been cautious about straining ties with Moscow, a ruler in neighboring Syria, where Israeli forces frequently target pro-Iranian militias.
“Everyone knows that your missile defense systems are the best… and that you can definitely help our people save the lives of Ukrainians, Ukrainian Jews,” Zelenskyy, himself a Jew, told the Knesset in a video call.
“We can ask why we can’t get weapons from you, why Israel hasn’t imposed strong sanctions on Russia or put pressure on Russian companies,” he said in the address, one of several he addressed to foreign parliaments.
He mentioned the Israeli Iron Dome system, which is often used to intercept rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza.
“In any case, the choice is yours, brothers and sisters, and you must then live with your answer, the people of Israel,” Zelenskyy said.
Among the more than 100 of the 120 MPs who took part in the video call was Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow two weeks ago and has since spoken to him and Zelenskyy frequently.
He made no immediate comment after the Ukrainian leader spoke.
In his speech, Zelenskyi drew a comparison between the Russian offensive and Nazi Germany’s plan to exterminate European Jewry during World War II.
“Listen to what is being said in Moscow now, hear them say those words again: the final solution. But this time in relation to us, to the Ukrainian question,” he said.
Zelenskiy provided no evidence for this claim or identified who might have used the term. Putin once in the past 30 days used an expression meaning “final decision/final resolution,” according to Reuters monitoring of his statements, but not in a context that had the same resonance or meaning as the Nazi terminology.
Zelenskyi’s tip drew a condemnation of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial in Jerusalem to the six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany in World War II. Such “irresponsible statements” were said to trivialize the historical facts of the Holocaust.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder; Writing by Matthias Williams and Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Alexander Smith, Jeffrey Heller and Frances Kerry)
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