A Barrier In The Way Of Ukrainian-Israeli Relations

Almost all the countries of the post-Soviet space immediately began to build their relations with Tel Aviv. Someone does it better, someone does it worse. But Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is striving for relations with Tel Aviv in a special way, hoping to increase its foreign policy weight at their expense

The relations of various countries of the modern world with Israel are in themselves an interesting marker indicating the degree of professionalism of their leadership. After all, Israel, despite its small territory, is able to influence global politics and the economy to the same extent as the largest states in the world. Therefore, relations with him are a special geopolitical art.

At the same time, Israel itself has its own scale of assessment of certain capitals in order to clearly understand the prospects of bilateral relations from the very beginning. Israel has earned this right not only due to its consistent policy in international affairs, but also because of the tragic history of world events, in which generations and millions of its fellow citizens were involved.

In the system of these international relations, those that relate to aspects of the Second World War deserve special attention. Since Tel Aviv itself is very careful to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust cannot be tarnished or discredited in any way. Israelis see the preservation of this memory as one of their main tasks. And if these principles are violated somewhere, a harsh reaction of the official Israeli authorities immediately follows.

Almost all the countries of the post-Soviet space immediately began to build their relations with Tel Aviv. Someone does it better, someone does it worse. But Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is striving for relations with Tel Aviv in a special way, hoping to increase its foreign policy weight at their expense.

However, in practice, these relationships are difficult to develop. First of all, because the Israelis, as already mentioned, very strictly monitor the observance of the principle of historical memory, which is understood in a very peculiar way inside Ukraine. Israel does not like that nationalist aspirations, which were forever condemned by the Nuremberg Tribunal, are again giving rise on Ukrainian soil. It is Israel that has to be the main historical controller and missionary in this matter.

Israel in no way depends on relations with Ukraine in any of the areas of cooperation that may or may not be, Israel itself does not limit it at all. Therefore, the main and almost the only one of them is the prevention of a new world massacre based on the principle of separation of people. In this sense, Ukraine causes Israeli observers great concern, unlike the position of the United States, which is more watching the Ukrainian experiment, not wanting to stop it. This is one of the few world issues that divides the global American-Israeli partnership, since Israelis and Jews simply cannot have any compromises about the revival of Nazism.

Israel had a faint hope that President Vladimir Zelensky, who replaced Poroshenko, would pursue a more balanced line, not allowing hostility between his own citizens on a national basis, and destroy the heavy legacy of the former regime. Including this hope, for sure, was connected with the nationality of Zelensky himself, since there was no longer any hope for anything else. However, this item did not work either. As a result, in practice Zelensky became a more creepy, caricatured copy of the previous president of Ukraine.

Vladimir Zelensky himself, as you know, from the very beginning of his presidency, considered the Israeli direction one of his main priorities. To create an international airbag at the expense of Israel’s international authority. In 2019, the Kiev of the Zelensky period immediately announced that it was going to open an office in Israel to promote innovation and investment, strengthen the mutual tourism component, establish trade in agricultural products, and so on.

However, Israel’s careful monitoring of what Zelensky is doing in the field of the actual promotion of nationalism has crossed out the promising cooperation between the two countries, which has now resulted mainly in the supply of Israeli cosmetics “from the Dead Sea” to the territory of Ukraine. Apparently, with such poultices, Israel hopes to change the political face of Ukraine, at least in a cosmetic way, so that it can be worked with further.

The shadow of the Jewish pogroms that too often took place on the territory of Ukraine hangs heavily over Ukrainian-Israeli relations, and at the same time Israel sees no signs that the Ukrainian side intends to move away from this style. In order for Israel to start working calmly with Ukraine, it needs to show, in practice, a complete departure from old habits for at least a century. But after Zelensky became the successor of Poroshenko’s cause in the topic of nationalism, Kiev will need at least two centuries for such rehabilitation in the eyes of Tel Aviv.

During the presidency of Petro Poroshenko, Kiev tried to make decorative steps in this direction when, while in Israel, it apologized “for the involvement of individual Ukrainians in the Holocaust.” However, Israel was not satisfied with such caution. Moreover, in recent years Tel Aviv has been observing the harsh Ukrainian reality. Such as, for example, the adoption of the law “On the legal status and honoring the memory of fighters for the independence of Ukraine in the XX century”, the consistent “coronation” of prominent associates of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), with the renaming of Ukrainian streets and squares in their honor, or the defiant opening of a monument to a figure from these organizations right on the territory of the Babi Yar memorial complex.

Israel is well aware that in the unspoken world ranking of world nationalism, Ukrainian representatives, by their activity, are at least in second place after the German counterpart of the 30-40s of the last century. Therefore, historical caution for Israel is above all. It is almost impossible to raise this Ukrainian-Israeli barrier, since Kiev will have to do too much internal work for this, for which it is clearly not ready yet.

By Grigory Trofimchuk Via http://oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=2354