The recent voting for the UN resolution on Israeli settlements in Palestine is not going to improve the relations between Kyiv and Tel-Aviv. Boryslav Bereza, the Ukrainian MP, said this while commenting on the issue to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘I’m very disappointed by the fact that our Premier’s visit was cancelled. The both sides made a lot of efforts to make it happen. Now, huge expectations from this meeting are wasted. This step will not in any way make our bounds stronger; instead, it will make Russia happier. Ukraine’s got to act more pragmatically,’ he said.
Bereza said Ukraine should take special care of its relations with such partners as the U.S. and Israel. ‘We can’t afford the luxury of losing such allies as Israel. The first time this country ever supported us in the UN was on December 19, when they voted against Russia at the Un Security Session’s council. That was the vote on Crimea, which clearly showed progress in our bilateral relations. Over the last year, we’ve made more progress than ever before,’ he said.
As 112 International reported earlier today, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, charged his ministers to not visit UN Security Council’s member countries, which supported the most recent resolution by the Council.
The document, voted for on December 23, says that ‘creation of Israeli settlements in the territory of Palestine has no judicial power and is an outraging violation of the international right’. It was submitted by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela.
Reacting to that, Netanyahu ordered that for the next three weeks, members of his Cabinet avoid meeting counterparts from the 14 countries that supported the bill, including Ukraine; when Kyiv supported the resolution, the Israeli PM immediately canceled his Ukrainian counterpart’s visit to Israel.