Envoy: Ukraine’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital Is a Matter of Months

If Israel sends more arms (for Azov)

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Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk said Thursday that his country could recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “one and only capital” soon, and hopes to open a branch of its embassy in the city in the coming year, during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Korniychuk told The Times of Israel that he believes that recognition is a matter of months, not years, but that Zelensky has certain preconditions in the security and defense relationship between the countries before that can happen.

The remarks came at an event marking 30 years of Israel-Ukraine ties, attended by Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who grew up in Ukraine.

During his address at the event, Elkin expressed his hope that Zelensky would open the branch in Jerusalem, something that has been in the works since ex-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure. Elkin then presented Korniychuk with a 2,700–year-old artifact bearing the word “Jerusalem” in Hebrew, and the Ukrainian envoy took the microphone and made the seemingly off-the-cuff announcement, according to sources at the event.

The statement came as tensions are rising between Ukraine and Russia. United States intelligence officials said earlier this month that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon as early 2022.

Russia and Israel have maintained an ongoing de-confliction mechanism to avoid tensions in Syria, and Jerusalem has been wary of antagonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin by expanding its defense ties with Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov visited Israel in November for the 12th meeting of the Israel-Ukraine Joint Economic Committee, where the issue of Jerusalem was raised, according to sources with knowledge of Reznikov’s meetings.

Elkin and President Isaac Herzog spoke about the recognition of Jerusalem with Zelensky in October when they were in Ukraine for a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, one of the largest mass murders of Jews in the Holocaust.

While the ambassador’s statement does not amount to official recognition, it demonstrated the direction in which ties are moving, Elkin told The Times of Israel.

“I have worked for years to have more countries open embassy branches in Jerusalem, and I hope to see this come to fruition,” he said.

“As soon as we get permission, we will do it immediately,” said Korniychuk about opening the branch office. “Clearly we have to wait for official recognition.”

The embassy branch would deal with promoting bilateral ties in trade and technology, he said.

On Wednesday, at the third-annual virtual Kyiv Jewish Forum, Zelensky said, “We know what it’s like not to have our own state. We know what it means to defend one’s own state and land with weapons in hand, at the cost of our own lives.

“Both Ukrainians and Jews value freedom, and they work equally for the future of our states to become to our liking, and not the future which others want for us. Israel is often an example for Ukraine,” he said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal thanked Israel for supporting Ukraine.

“I’d like to give Israel special thanks for its ongoing support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Shmyhal. “The voice of civilian and religious organizations on this matter is equally as important in letting the world know that Ukraine is currently fighting for its independence.”

Source: The Times of Israel

  1. ken says

    These are not Hebrews occupying the State of Israel today. They are not the ones that suffered God’s wrath. Very few, if any, people of the 12 tribes are left. God destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD as prophesied by Jesus and John. The new Jerusalem is not of this earth.

    The top numero uno atheist country is Sweden with 75% claiming there s no God. Number two is Israel where 65% claim there is no God.

    As for Jews loving freedom,,, ask the Palestinians.

    1. TZVI says

      Wrong, 60% of Jews in the land of Israel ( notice I did not say STATE) and maybe 80% of Arabs in Israel KNOW their is a God…we just argue on the details. Their are a large non ( halachicly) Jewish and Non Arab minority from Europe now, not sure about their views…

      If God were to send Prophets again, the majority of Hebrews would repent this time….

      As for Ashkenazim, Sepharadim, Mizrachi, Temani ( Yemenite Jews) yes they are Hebrews : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14761-7

      1. steve kastl says

        No they will never repent because the Talmud replaced the Bible and Judaism then became just another cult.

      2. Ilya G Poimandres says

        Jews don’t listen to prophets – the supremacism at the core of their faith since the Sinai folklore is inextractable without a total change to Judaism.

      3. Raptar Driver says

        You are not the ancient Hebrews.
        You are the synagogue of Satan.

  2. Raptar Driver says

    More proof that Zionism is Nazism.

  3. GMC says

    Israel is the king of mini nukes and other small size nukes and Russia knows it. But the Russian government seldom brings this up. The Russian people have No clue that Israel is the one that runs the Sanctions put on the Crimea and Russia, thu the USGov. And the Kremlin or Russian Newsies will never talk about it – either. This is the biggest mistake that Moscow makes in it’s policy cover ups.

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