Zelensky slams 'Israel' for 'insufficient help'
The Ukrainian president chastises "Israel" for not sanctioning Russia, and for not sending them Iron Domes.
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky virtually addressed the Israeli Knesset about why they aren't doing more to support Ukraine against Russia, despite taking in thousands of Ukrainian refugees into their settlements.
"Why are we still urging countries to help? I'm looking at you. What is it? Indifference? Sitting on the fence? I'm leaving an open question for you to answer. Indifference kills. Calculations and interests kill. You can navigate interests but not between good and bad," Zelensky said.
Zelensky, in his virtual speech, praised the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system, Zelensky questioned why "Israel" has not provided ammunition to Ukraine, and why it hasn't imposed sanctions on Russia.
Since February 24, "Israel" has announced its intention to take the position of a mediator between Russia and Ukraine.
"Ukrainians made the choice 80 years ago to save Jews. Now, Israeli people need to choose to make a similar decision," the Ukrainian leader said.
Zelensky compared Russia to the Nazi party of the 1920s, accusing Putin of wanting to "terminate" Ukraine: "The Final Solution is now directed at us," Zelensky said, bringing up a quote by former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, who was born in Kiev. "We would like to live but our neighbors want to see us dead," was the quote.
The elephant in the room
While Zelensky compares the Russian operation to Nazism, an openly neo-Nazi Azov battalion looms in the background, away from the media spotlight.
The Azov battalion is a part of the Ukrainian National Guard - a wing of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, an authorized, legitimate part of the Ukrainian security apparatus - and, openly Nazi.
The battalion flaunts its Nazism very openly, and is even notoriously known for a video in which they crucified a soldier, tortured him, and burnt him alive.
The Ukrainian National Guard has recently published a video on its official Twitter page, boasting about Azov fighters greasing their bullets with pig fat to be used against Muslim Chechens on the Russian side. These fighters are a target of Putin's denazification campaign in Ukraine.
The video comes as a direct threat to Muslims who hold the Islamic beliefs that lard is an impure substance prohibited for their consumption.
The United States and Canada over the years have aided the neo-Nazi units with weapons and training, strengthening their presence in Ukraine, while NATO does not raise the alarming issue of Nazism in Ukraine, which Zelensky has lost control of.