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Netanyahu, Zelenskyy meet on sidelines at UN General Assembly

The Israeli and Ukrainian leaders had a "cordial" discussion, according to the Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (middle right) and delegation meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (middle left) and delegation in New York on Sept. 19, 2023. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (middle right) and delegation meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (middle left) and delegation in New York on Sept. 19, 2023. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the Jewish state would continue to assist Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict with Russia.

Netanyahu specified that aid would focus on humanitarian issues, including dealing with land mines.

Wearing his trademark military green shirt, Zelenskyy approached Netanyahu, and they shook hands and exchanged salutations. “I see you all the time,” Netanyahu said.

When introduced to the Israeli entourage, Zelenskyy said, “You have a very big team.”

Mossad director David Barnea received a hug from Zelenskyy, who said “I’m glad to see you.” The exchange “sparked worldwide attention and speculation that the two know each other,” Arutz Sheva reported.

Netanyahu’s office called the meeting “cordial.”

The meeting was the first between the two leaders since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

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