Kosovo’s deputy foreign minister, citing his country’s record of ethnic Albanians protecting Jews during the Holocaust, urged American Jewish groups to press Israel for recognition of the country.

In a meeting with Jewish officials in Washington, Petrit Selimi also noted that Kozovo’s pro-American tilt made relations between the two countries a natural.

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“With such a deep, historic link, it’s only natural to have Israeli recognition,” Selimi told JTA. “Israel is not just a country; it is an important country, influential in the community of nations.”

Also present at the meeting were representatives of B’nai B’rith International, the Anti-Defamation League and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Selimi also met with Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the senior Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, who over the years has spearheaded congressional support for Kosovo.

Israel has resisted recognizing Kosovo in part because of fierce Russian resistance to its independence in 2008 and because of close Israeli ties to Serbia. Nonetheless, there have been signs in recent months that Israel may be more open to ties with Kosovo.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Some Albanians helped Jews, during the German occupation during WWII. Its seems that the Jews being turned into the SS by their Albanian neighbors, is a part of history that Albanians choose to forget. No mention of the SS Skenderberg Brigade either. How about the Jewish owned property in Pristine that the Albanians seem to just take over,and the Jewish cemetery that was desecrated by Albanian Muslims in Pristine a few years ago?

  2. Israel should accept us as a state. Not doing so helps just the Russians who on the other hand have always killed Jews. I am talking about Russia giving guns to Arabs who killed Jews in many wars.
    We the Albanians have no one in Europe but USA who helped us a lot.
    I support Israel all the way.
    Thanks

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