Elkin invites new Ukranian president to Israel

Born in 1978 to Jewish parents, Zelenskiy became Ukraine's first Jewish president. Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is also Jewish.

By ALON EINHORN
May 7, 2019 12:51
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Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy. (photo credit: REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO)

MK Ze'ev Elkin met with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Jewish president-elect of Ukraine on Tuesday in Kiev, and invited him on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel.

"I just concluded my first meeting with the president-elect of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy," Elkin wrote on Twitter. "We discussed financial cooperation between our two countries, accelerating the ratification process of the recently signed free trade zone agreement and the pension agreement signed in both parliaments, in cooperation with technology and states."

Earlier this week, Zelenskiy met with a delegation of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries serving as chief rabbis in several cities of the country on Monday, where they discussed the current situation and challenges of Jewish life in Ukraine.

Zelenskiy, who has performed in Israel on numerous occasions and has relatives and classmates living here, defeated former president Petro Poroshenko last month in the second round of balloting in Ukraine.

Zelenskiy turned into a household name in Ukraine thanks to a popular television comedy he starred in about a high school teacher who becomes president of Ukraine after a video of him ranting about government corruption goes viral.

Born in 1978 to Jewish parents, Zelenskiy became Ukraine's first Jewish president. Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is also Jewish.


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