‘We Cannot Cope Alone’: Ukraine’s First Lady Hopes for Medical Ties with Israel
Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, together with her Israeli counterpart, Michal Herzog, met with a range of medical and psychological experts in Israel on Monday, June 19, as part of Zelenska’s ongoing tour of Israel.
Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has been traveling the world and meeting world leaders to draw humanitarian support for the country since the beginning of the Russian invasion in early 2022.
Israel has sent repeated waves of humanitarian and medical aid to Ukraine but has been criticized by Kyiv for not sending asked-for military assistance.
The Ukrainian first lady began her day visiting Sheba Medical Hospital, where she expressed hope for future cooperation between Ukrainian and Israeli medical experts.
“We need programs that support mental health and assist in the rehabilitation of injured citizens, including children, adults, and the elderly. Our healthcare system cannot cope alone,” she said.
“The State of Israel is a role model for us; unfortunately, you have rich experience in this area,” Zelenska said, according to a statement from the president’s office. “Nevertheless your country still succeeds to thrive and survive, even under incessant attacks. Yes, we are resilient, but resilience comes at a high psychological price.” (TOI/VFI News)
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” - Jeremiah 33:6