Knesset hosts panel on state of Jewish communities in Ukraine

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Top Ukraine Rabbi Moshe Azman, left, speaks in the Knesset, March 20, 2023 (Office of Rabbi Moshe Azman)
Top Ukraine Rabbi Moshe Azman, left, speaks in the Knesset, March 20, 2023 (Office of Rabbi Moshe Azman)

Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli holds a special conference in the Knesset on the state of Jewish communities in Ukraine to mark the war’s one-year anniversary in late February.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk stresses his country’s need for air defense systems, which Israel has refused to provide so far.

At the same time, Korniychuk strikes a positive note, saying that “from the very first days, we experienced enormous support of the Israeli people, Israeli companies, Israeli NGOs, everyone.”

The conference is attended by Mks, Ukrainian rabbis, Israeli humanitarian NGOs, and diplomats. Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky joins by Zoom from Kyiv.

Leading Ukrainian Rabbi Moshe Azman of Kyiv discusses his efforts to create a new town in Israel for Ukrainian immigrants, and recounts his efforts to help thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish Ukrainians escape the country.

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