Israel has rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s request to visit the country at the same time as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Loud “The New Voice of UkraineZelensky’s visit is currently “not on the agenda”, but it could be that he will visit Israel as part of his next visit to Europe.
Blinking again in Tel Aviv
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Tel Aviv on October 16 for the second time in a week. His interlocutor: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The New Voice of Ukraine reports that CNN is citing the evacuation of US citizens from the Gaza Strip as one of the reasons for Blinken’s visit.
Flashing on site shortly after the Hamas attack
Blinken’s first visit to Israel took place on October 12, shortly after the Hamas attack on October 7. He announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to allow foreigners to escape the besieged Palestinian territory. However, this information was not confirmed by Netanyahu’s office, as noted by The New Voice of Ukraine.
Zelensky’s expression of solidarity
After the Hamas attack, Zelensky expressed his solidarity with Israel and stressed that terrorism should not be tolerated anywhere in the world. He further drew parallels between Hamas’s actions and those of Russia in Ukraine. As The New Voice of Ukraine reported, both Zelensky and Netanyahu held emergency talks on October 8.