Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy requested Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to intervene in the confrontation with Russia on Friday, according to the Ukrainian envoy to Israel, adding that it was the latest in a series of failed efforts from Kyiv.
“We’ve been talking to the Israelis about a possible intermediate role for Israel for at least a year,” Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk told Reuters. “Our leadership considers that Israel is the only democratic state with good relations with both nations.”
Bennett’s spokesmen did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Bennett’s contact with Zelenskiy was not included in an earlier statement issued by his office.
“Bennett repeated his wish for a rapid conclusion to the conflict, and stated he stands behind the people of Ukraine in these terrible days,” the statement said, adding that the prime minister offered humanitarian help to Kyiv.
According to Korniychuk, the leaders’ phone call on Friday was the sixth time Zelenskiy had requested Bennett for Israeli intervention, and he had previously asked former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Isaac Herzog.