The deportation of Ukrainian people from Israel, according to a harsh warning sent by the Ukrainian government to Israel on Sunday, puts the future of the entire Uman project in jeopardy.
Yevgen Korniachuk, the Ukrainian ambassador to Israel, relayed the warning from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, who stated that “Israelis will be prevented from entering Uman if the deportation of Ukrainians by Israel won’t stop.”
The visa waiver agreement between Ukraine and Israel will be canceled. The embassy requested that Prime Minister Netanyahu reevaluate the entrance requirements for Ukrainians.
“The Ukrainian government will not accept the humiliation of its citizens upon entering Israel,” Korniachuk continued. The government is considering the idea of ending visa waiver arrangements.
It is inconceivable that we would take great care to host tens of thousands of Israelis in Umman while the Israeli government mistreats our compatriots who are traveling to Israel in accordance with the treaty between our two countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to personally become involved in finding a solution to the current predicament if Israel wants its residents, including Uman, to visit the country as tourists.
Approximately 10% of Ukrainian immigrants to Israel are rejected entry, according to figures from the immigration authority.
The authorities claimed that other nations saw a comparable number of entry refusals and that this was not specific to Ukraine.