In an interview on Monday, just after Russia’s biggest missile attack on Ukraine in recent months, Ukraine’s envoy to Israel said that while he knows Jerusalem to be “one of our biggest supporters,” he is “exhausted” from “begging Israel to change its policy” of possible military aid to the war-torn country.
Killing at least 11 and wounding dozens more in its latest missile strikes on the capital city of Kyiv, Russia’s Monday attack on Ukraine was one that was both lethal and hard to miss. Hours after the attack, Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk told reporters, “Over the past seven months I’ve been begging Israel to change its policy, and I would be happy for that to happen, but I’m not in a position to make decisions. We spoke with [Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid]… I don’t know what else needs to happen for Israel to change its policy.”
He claimed that according to embassy surveys, more than 80 percent of Israelis support Ukraine, “but fail to mention military aid because of fear or national security over Russian forces in Syria and all kinds of conspiracy theories that don’t exist.”
“Why do you forget the thousands of Jews who have suffered in Ukraine since the outbreak of war? The Jewish community in Odesa and Kyiv is suffering,” he continued, noting that Israel was the “only Western country that does not support Ukraine militarily.”