Israeli president pledges support for Kyiv in war against Russia

16 February, 01:11 AM
Isaac Herzog (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Isaac Herzog (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Israel will continue to “show up with resources of minds, hands, and bodies to offer aid and assistance” to Ukraine amid the war with Russia, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said during his address at the Kyiv Jewish Forum on Feb. 15.

Herzog assured that Israel stands with the entire people of Ukraine in this war.

“I've spoken with President Zelenskyy and I've expressed my support for the people of Ukraine and for its leadership,” said Herzog.

The slogan of Kyiv Jewish Forum 2023 is “Stand with Ukraine.” Traditionally, the forum brings together presidents of Ukraine and Israel, parliamentarians, and other officials.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Feb. 6 that he was looking forward to meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Kyiv for a “frank conversation behind closed doors.”

Officially, Israel has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and is providing humanitarian aid – but not weapons. The New York Times wrote that Jerusalem is secretly helping Kyiv with intelligence. In particular, it provides information that helps counter Iranian-made kamikaze drones.

Earlier, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron that he was ready to send “military things” to Ukraine.

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