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Herzog hosts Ukrainian first lady in Israel

Olena Zelenska will hold talks with the National Coalition for Trauma and NATAL—The Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center.

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska. Credit: UNICEF via Wikimedia Commons.
Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska. Credit: UNICEF via Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska joined Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife, Michal, for breakfast in Tel Aviv on Monday.

The visit comes against the backdrop of Israel providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine suffering under the Russian invasion. Israel has also taken in refugees and provided medical treatment to the wounded.

Later on Monday, Zelenska will tour Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. She will then proceed to a professional discussion with the National Coalition for Trauma and NATAL—The Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center together with senior representatives from Israel’s Foreign Ministry and the European Union.

In May 2022, Zelenska initiated the creation of the National Program of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, to help Ukrainians overcome trauma caused by the war.

“Mrs. Zelensky’s visit is the result of a collaboration that took place over the past year to strengthen therapists in the field of mental health and trauma care in Ukraine, and as a result of the relationship formed between the wife of the country’s president, Michal Herzog, and the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, in these fields,” said the President’s Office.

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