This year marks 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Ukraine, a continuation of 2000 years of shared history between the Jewish and Ukrainian peoples.
The Hasidic movement was founded in Ukraine, the first pioneers came from Ukraine to settle Eretz Israel, the Zionist ideology developed in Ukraine and some of the founders of the State of Israel were born in Ukraine – presidents, prime ministers, government ministers and mayors as well as journalists, poets and authors who created the new Israeli culture.
Today these two independent countries have a strong, warm relationship based on common values and a shared history.
Over the past 30 years, many Jews have immigrated to Israel from Ukraine and they too serve as a bridge between the two countries. Dozens of cooperation agreements have been signed, benefiting the citizens of both countries. In addition, leaders have strengthened the relationship through numerous reciprocal visits. Tourists can easily discover the countries’ commonalities by utilizing the many direct flights, with no visas required. Business people promote trade relations that will reach new heights once the free trade zone agreement comes into effect.
All of these constitute the foundation for continued good relations between Israel and Ukraine.