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Netanyahu declares Jewish Ukrainian PM Groysman persona non grata; cancels his visit to Israel

Following the Ukraine’s decision to vote in favor of anti-Israel UNSC resolution, which officials have posited stemmed from US pressure

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman,  Wikipedia (2014)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled Saturday night a scheduled state visit to Israel by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in response to his country’s decision to vote for the contentious UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to settlement construction, while simultaneously declaring them illegal, despite the fact that the Ukraine is considered to be among Israel’s allies.

Groysman—a 38-year-old Jew—was supposed to arrive in Israel next week. The Ukraine’s decision to vote in favor of the resolution appears to demonstrate the extent to which President Barack Obama was behind the decision.

According to officials in Israel, Groysman is thought of of one of Israel’s main supporters and even wanted that his country not be involved in the consultations held on the resolution.

However, President Petro Poroshenko decided to vote in favor of its passage following a telephone conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden.

Israel expressed its fury over the Ukrainian decision, which was joined by 13 other states on the 15-state Security Council to back the move.

 Only the US abstained from the vote, marking a major departure from longstanding US policy to impose a veto on any resolution against Israel since 1980.


By Itamar Eichner and Tova Tzimuki,  Ynet News
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