Putin holds up Israel as a model of unity for Ukrainians and Russians
July 9, 2021
(JTA) — Vladimir Putin clearly likes to talk about Jews and Israel.
This time he suggested that Israel offered a good model for his designs on Ukraine.
The Russian president’s previous remarks about Jews include the joke he told at a panel on energy in 2017, about a smartass Israeli soldier who was quizzed by his commander on how to engage multiple enemies. The soldier’s advice: Send more troops.
In 2019, hearing about the financial challenges of a rabbi in Crimea, Putin joked: “So the Jews have problems with finances!” Then he told the rabbi “Todah rabah,” Hebrew for “than...