Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has expressed his desire to visit Israel in order to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign against Gaza. The official request for the visit was sent from Zelensky’s office to Netanyahu’s office, according to anonymous officials from both Ukraine and Israel.
The purpose of the visit is to “boost international support for Israel’s counteroffensive against Hamas in Gaza.” However, the discussions are still in the preliminary stage and no date has been set for the visit. Both governments have neither confirmed nor denied the report on the record.
During a meeting with NATO defense ministers in Belgium, Zelensky asked for additional weapons and ammunition, emphasizing the importance of international support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. He stated, “This is why I urge all leaders to visit Israel and show their support for the people. I’m not talking about any institutions, but about support for the people who suffered from terrorist attacks and are dying today.”
Zelensky also expressed his concerns about the decreasing attention on Ukraine due to the conflict in Israel. Since Hamas launched rockets and commando raids into Israeli territory, the coverage of the Ukraine conflict has virtually disappeared from news in the West. While visiting Romania, Zelensky lamented this absence from the spotlight and stressed the significance of international attention for Ukraine. He stated, “The fate of Ukraine depends on the unity of the rest of the world.”
The Ukrainian President also blamed Moscow for the attacks by the Palestinian militants, claiming that Russia “helped Hamas and is behind Hamas.” However, he did not provide any evidence to support these allegations. Zelensky previously cited Ukrainian intelligence claims that Russia wanted to trigger a war in the Middle East to “undermine world unity” and “destroy freedom in Europe.”
Israel’s ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Ben Zvi, rejected these allegations and described them as “complete nonsense.” He stated that the Israeli government does not believe that Russia was involved “in any way” in the attacks by Hamas.
Meanwhile, the United States has expressed its support for both Israel and Ukraine. Washington has endorsed West Jerusalem in similar terms as it has endorsed Kiev and has promised Netanyahu significant quantities of weapons and ammunition. The Pentagon has assured reporters that the US has enough resources to support both Israel and Ukraine, as well as its own troops around the world.
In conclusion, Ukrainian President Zelensky is seeking to visit Israel to show his support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s campaign against Gaza. He believes that international support is crucial in addressing the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. However, the visit is still in the preliminary stage, and no date has been set. Zelensky has also expressed concern about the decreasing attention on Ukraine due to the conflict in Israel. He has accused Moscow of supporting Hamas, but these allegations have been rejected by Israel’s ambassador to Moscow. The United States continues to support both Israel and Ukraine.