Zelenskyy's Knesset Address to Be Broadcasted in Tel Aviv Plaza

The Ukrainian president's speech to Israeli lawmakers will be screened to a rally at Habima Theater on Sunday

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday night
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Ran Shimoni
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to Israeli legislators over Zoom will also be broadcasted at Habima Theater's plaza in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

The decision comes after officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel asked the Tel Aviv municipality to organize the event in an effort to reach the broader Israeli public.

The Ukrainian embassy previously considered inviting Zelenskyy for a separate address to the Israeli public, but decided against it in the end. This came after supporters of Ukraine in Israel sent a letter to Zelenskyy through the Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv, demanding him to address the people of Israel.

Last week, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that he offered to broadcast Zelenskyy's speech over video link at Habima Square — in the heart of the city — "so anyone could listen to the president’s remarks live.”

Huldai made the offer after Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy turned down Ukraine's request to have Zelenskyy address the Knesset members in the plenum. The Knesset is in recess, but Zelenskyy will address lawmakers individually via Zoom next week.

The Ukrainian president has already addressed parliaments across the world via video link. On Wednesday, he addressed members of the U.S. Congress, and asked to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. "Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people," Zelenskyy said.

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