Cats and bats
Looking on the bright side, we are on the right side of history. Israel and Ukraine have to the right to exist and to self-defense. There are civilizations which adhere to the rules-based international order, and those which do not. It’s that complicated.
[…] Can you guarantee our security? Can you guarantee that the nation near us will not repeat the same atrocities? …. [If] the world does not understand, and secure our ability to live without terror, how can we move on? Why would anybody agree to a process when he wants to live in peace, but he is afraid of his neighbor? This is the question that everybody needs to ask. — Israeli President Isaac Herzog1.
Z has been saying this, er, for more than 600 days.
Conflating the disasters in Israel and Ukraine for PR purposes is a mistake, tactically, because most people confuse cause and effect, but we probably can all agree that appeasing evil is a strategic mistake, always, something we pointed out on Day 5952.
Which brings me to an expert opinion expressed in an article appearing in The Washington Post this morning.
Zelensky could win more friends if he was ready to say what Russia is doing in Ukraine is what Israel is doing in Gaza. I don’t see Ukraine ready to do that or willing to do that. — Randa Slim, peace-building export at the Middle East Institute3.
You either stand for values and allies against war and terrorists or you are transactional and opportunistic and not to be trusted4. The last thing we want Z to do is start cozying up to Middle East tyrants.