"This is already the 22nd convocation of the Israeli parliament, and the first Knesset swearing in, which I happened to visit," noted Lozhkin.
The central theme of the speeches of both the President Reuven Rivlin and the Knesset Speaker Julius Edelstein was the national unity. This topic is especially relevant for Israel today — just half a year ago, for the first time in the history of the state, the parliament failed to form a coalition in the allotted time. The Knesset was dissolved, new elections were held, reminded Lozhkin
According to him, after the announcement of the elections results, the Israelis began jokingly preparing for the third elections during one year. The matter is that the votes were divided between the main contenders almost evenly, but none of them, according to the preliminary estimates, will be able to form a coalition without the other. Last time they were unable to reach a compromise. We will find out very soon if they manage to do it this time, noted the President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.
At the same time, he quoted Julius Edelstein, who emphasized that it was the lack of national unity that already twice had led to the collapse of the independent Jewish state. When the Jews fought against an external enemy, they were able to crush empires. But as soon as a civil war between the Jews themselves began, everything collapsed like a house of cards.
"This topic is familiar not only to the Israelis. The history of Ukraine is full of similar examples: from the Kyivan Rus to the Ukrainian National Republic (UNR). It is a great challenge to solve the problem of lack of national unity, especially in the presence of the external aggression, Both Israel and Ukraine will have to do their best to achieve it, as the chances of survival of our states directly depend on how united we are," added Lozhkin.
You will recall that earlier Lozkin spoke about the growth with every year of the number of people taking part in the March in memory of the Jews who had been executed in Babi Yar in 1941. If only one person went out for the March in 2016, then there were more than half a thousand participants in the March in 2019.