If the United States were being invaded and on the brink of conquest, I’d want a leader willing to do absolutely everything. So I’m not going to fault Zelensky for doing what’s best for his country. (Likewise, Putin believes that conquering Ukraine and any other country that used to be part of the Soviet sphere of influence is what’s best for his country. Nationalism is only as good as the country or its leader.)
That said, the willingness of too many people to climb on board with whatever propaganda Zelenskyy or Putin are spouting this week is too much.
Meanwhile, Jewish people and pro-Israel outlets seem happy to ignore the fact that Ukraine under its various governments has a history of consistently voting against Israel and with the terrorists at the UN. Instead, they’re straightforwardly rerunning cringe nonsense like Zelenskyy comparing the bombing of Ukraine to the Holocaust. A particularly egregious argument considering that Ukrainians played a significant role in helping the Nazis kill Jews.
And then there’s nonsense like this.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday expressed disappointment at the Israeli leadership’s response to his requests for aid as his country fights off a Russian invasion.
“I expected greater support from Prime Minister [Naftali] Bennett,” he said at a press conference.
“I saw a nice picture of Jews wrapped in [Ukrainian] flags by the Western Wall,” said Zelensky, who is Jewish. “They prayed for us, and I thank them for it. Our relations with the Israeli leadership are not bad, but they are being tested in a time of need. I did not feel that the Israeli prime minister is wrapped in our flag.”
Why exactly should the Israeli PM be wrapped in a Ukrainian flag? Has Zelensky been wrapped in the Israeli flag or the PLO flag?
Let’s review some of Ukraine’s UN votes on Israel in 2020.
Ukraine voted in favor of the UNRWA resolutions, abstained from the militantly anti-Israel, Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories and voted in favor of the “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” resolution which condemns Jews living in Judea and Samaria, and specifically in Jerusalem.
That would include the area of the Western Wall that Zelensky mentioned.
Ukraine also voted in favor of the “The occupied Syrian Golan” resolution
This sort of thing was fairly typical.
Before all this Zelensky’s government, like many others around the world, calculated that its best bet was to appease the Muslim world by being hostile to Israel at the UN. Despite that, Israel voted to condemn the Russian invasion and has provided some aid. But it’s unmitigated chutzpah to repeatedly attack Israel in international forums and delegitimize its capital and existence, and then complain that Israel isn’t supportive enough of Ukraine.
Ukraine has asked Israel to establish a field hospital, and the Foreign Ministry is preparing an additional humanitarian aid package for Ukraine. Other items expected to be in the next round of humanitarian aid are generators that Israel bought, which will be brought to Ukraine directly from Europe, a diplomatic source confirmed. In addition, Israel plans to continue to send medical equipment, medications, and bandages, the source said.
Not good enough, I suppose.