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Ukrainian MP calls for moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

December 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Alexander Feldman [Ukrainian Jewish Committee]

Jewish Ukrainian MP Alexander Feldman called for moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, expressing anger with his country’s decision to vote in favour of a UN resolution which condemned illegal Israeli settlements, Israeli media reported yesterday.

Writing on Facebook, Feldman said he was upset that his country voted against Israeli settlements and he became more upset when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned visit by his Ukrainian counterpart to Israel.

“For many years my colleagues and I have been working on the development of relations between our countries and we have achieved a lot,” he said, mentioning visa-free entry between the two countries as well as lower airfares, the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported.

“Of course, the consequence of our vote has disappointed Israelis and seriously undermines what we have achieved.”

To improve the situation, Feldman suggested moving the Ukrainian Embassy to Jerusalem, noting he had a plan to propose a bill regarding this to the parliament.

If the move comes to fruition, Jerusalem Post reported him saying, it would bring Israel-Ukraine relations to a “whole new, unprecedented level”.

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