Israel: Zelensky a ‘Nutty Nazi’ after Deranged Knesset Speech

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Times of Israel: Israeli lawmakers seethe at Zelensky’s ‘outrageous’ Holocaust comparisons

 

Several Israeli lawmakers criticize Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for drawing comparisons between the Holocaust and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during his speech to Knesset members.

“I admire the Ukraine president and support the Ukrainian people in heart and deed, but the terrible history of the Holocaust cannot be rewritten,” Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel tweets.

Hendel notes part of Nazi Germany’s genocide of Jews “was also carried out in the land of Ukraine.”

“The war is terrible but the comparison to the horrors of the Holocaust and the final solution is outrageous,” he says.

Hebrew media outlets quote unnamed senior ministers railing at Zelensky’s “outrageous comparison.”

“Zelensky also distorted the part of his country in the murder of Jews,” they say, according to the Ynet news site,

Likud MK Yuval Steinitz, a former minister, says Zelensky’s speech “borders on Holocaust denial.”

“War is always a terrible thing… but every comparison between a regular war, as difficult as it is, and the destruction of millions of Jews in gas chambers in the framework of the final solution is a complete distortion of history,” he says in a statement.

A number of Religious Zionism MKs also criticize Zelensky, with the far-right opposition party’s leader Bezalel Smotrich slamming the Holocaust comparisons and accusing the Ukrainian leader of trying “to rewrite history and erase the involvement of the Ukrainian people in the destruction of Jews.”

But Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar, a maverick coalition member, calls Zelensky’s speech “moving.”

“Indifference does kill. Mediation efforts are important but they can’t come at the expense of values. We need to be on the side of good against evil,” he says in a statement.

The Ukrainian president, who spoke to Israeli lawmakers via Zoom, tried to evoke guilt by drawing comparisons between Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and the Holocaust. He also urged the Jewish state to take action, impose sanctions on Russia, and provide his country with advanced equipment and technology.

On Sunday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a speech to Israeli MPs after addressing lawmakers in the US, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Initially, the plan was that Zelensky would address Israeli politicians from the stage of the Knesset in Jerusalem. But the idea was eventually scrapped with the excuse that the plenum was on a scheduled break.
Instead, he was offered to speak to lawmakers via Zoom, while the parliamentarians were given the option to not attend his address.

Some seized on the opportunity and skipped the event. But the majority listened in, along with more than a thousand ordinary Israelis who gathered on Tel Aviv’s Habima Square to watch the address live.

Azov battalion soldiers take oath in Kiev before being sent to Donbass - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.03.2022
Azov battalion soldiers take oath in Kiev before being sent to Donbass
In his speech, the Ukrainian president was trying to speak to the hearts of the masses. He compared the actions of the Russians currently carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine to those of the Nazis. Zelensky claimed that Moscow was carrying out a “final solution” against the Ukrainians and urged Israel to help his people, just as the Ukrainians “came to the rescue” of the Jews some 80 years ago.
By “helping out”, Zelensky referred to a number of measures. He demanded that Israel provide Ukraine with its Iron Dome missile defence system. He called for severe sanctions to be introduced on Russia and urged for more Ukrainian refugees to be taken in.
Zelensky’s criticism was probably meant to evoke guilt among Israelis, but once the speech was over, it turned out that his remarks had quite an opposite effect.

Outrageous and Ungrateful

Israeli experts, politicians, and journalists have taken to social media platforms to vent their dissatisfaction with the speech, which slammed Israel on all possible fronts.
Some said his Holocaust analogy was “outrageous”. Others treated his criticism as sheer “ungratefulness”, especially given the efforts Israel has been making to help the Ukrainian people.
Since the Russian military operation kicked off on 24 February, Israel has absorbed more than 5,000 Ukrainian refugees, with many others still on their way. The country has also exerted efforts to mediate between Moscow and Kiev. It has poured in millions of dollars into setting up a makeshift hospital in the west of Ukraine, while Israeli NGOs have collected money, food, clothes, and medicine to assist the country.
Ordinary Israelis did not appreciate Zelensky’s criticism either, and too took to social media platforms to express their anger with the Ukrainian leader.

“It would have been better if Zelensky gave a generic speech about justice and the [struggle] of the weak against the strong, rather than telling us grandma’s stories about the Ukrainian people’s contribution to saving Jews in the Holocaust”, wrote one tweep.

A view of the Babyn (Babi) Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv on March 2, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.03.2022
A view of the Babyn (Babi) Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv on March 2, 2022

“For every Righteous Among the Nations who did help, there were 1,000 Ukrainians who participated with great joy and out of a free will in killing Jews”, the user added.

Another netizen chimed in. “Just got back from the Habima screening of Zelensky so here are my impressions. 1. He mentions false facts about the Russians bombing Babi Yar and the assistance the Ukrainians gave to the Jews during the Holocaust (while 1.5 million Jews were murdered by the Ukrainian Nazi collaborators). 2. Conducts an illusionary comparison between the Holocaust and what’s happening today. 3. He attacks instead of bridging the gaps between the peoples. Ungrateful! And 4. A weak speech”.

However, comments about the Holocaust were far from the only issue that stirred anti-Zelensky sentiments, with many twitterians slamming the Ukrainian head of state for demanding that Israel neglect its national interests and take sides.
Over the years, Israel and Russia have established stable trade relations and tight cooperation on a number of issues. Moscow, which protects the air space in Syria, clinched a deal with Tel Aviv on military coordination in Syria to prevent accidents following the 2018 downing of a Russian Il-20 plane off the Syrian coast during Israeli airstrikes on Latakia.
Russia also helps mediate between Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip
Israel would not want to risk jeopardising those ties. It is also not ready to provide the Ukrainians with the equipment they are seeking to obtain.

“..No, Mr Zelensky! We have a state, we have interests! Israel has no commitment to Ukraine, nor does it have commitments to Russia. A Jew who wants to immigrate to Israel is more than welcome. But do not dictate to us any policies!”

“Two conclusions from the Zelensky speech. The first one is that his people don’t know how to talk to the Israelis. Second, Zelensky knows that he won’t be getting what he is asking for. It is just a speech for the sake of a speech”, wrote another tweep.

The harsh criticism of Zelensky appears to have done the trick. During the night, the Ukrainian president released a message where he thanked Israel for all its efforts. But as Russia’s military operation continues, and Israel stays firm on maintaining its relative neutrality, another serving of harsh remarks might be just a matter of time.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. That Israel is miffed over Zelensky’s remarks is laughable. They are pissed that Zelensky has played the holocaust card, using Israel’s sanctified sacred cow of excuses. Where is the admission of their leaders who, until the shooting started that is, supplied weapons, training and SFs to Ukraine? Who was it that was instrumental in the Euromaidan coup? Zelensky has the same right to complete fabrication as the Israelis do. After all, they helped birth him. Nowhere is it mentioned those Jewish oligarchs who fled to Israel and their involvement in creating, supplying and training these creatures. The whole kerfuffle is just that, with the Israeli’s feigning innocence. They really do not have any honor.

  2. Best not listen to anything coming out of Kiev or Tel Aviv. Neither party can claim the moral high ground.

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