Two days, two Jewish-themed stories in a row. What has gotten into me? Was it the Christmas ham? No, it isn’t my fault, blame Petro Poroshenko, who has provided so much fodder, and told so many lies during his trip to Israel, that we should call him “Pinocchio” instead of Petrushka!
I start with this piece from VZGLIAD entitled “Crimean Jews Reject the Words of Poroshenko Concerning so-called Kremlin Repressions”.
In the course of his momentous speech to the Israeli Knesset, to supplement his other phantasmagorical statements, Poroshenko made the following allegation: That the 17,000 or so ethnic Jews who dwell on the Crimean peninsula, are at risk of being repressed by the Kremlin: “You see the Occupiers, who know what they are doing, have started to cultivate anti-Semitism. They even erected a statue to Stalin, have incited the conflict in Donbass, which is occupied by regular troops of the Russian army.”
According to Israeli ex-secret agent, now political pundit, Yakov Kedmi, Israeli society reacted with silent contempt to Poroshenko’s visit. Not one major Hebrew-language newspaper bothered to cover his trip. Nor did the major TV channels. Poroshenko’s visit was of no use to anyone in Israeli government or society. Everyone knows that Poroshenko is just (1) trying to turn Israel against Russia, while (2) schnorring for cash to save his bankrupt government. Israelis basically have no time for him, or for the Ukraine, it’s just that they can’t afford to buck the U.S., which takes Ukraine’s side against Russia.
In an interview with VZGLIAD, Head of Russia’s Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Evgeny Satanovsky (who is Jewish himself and used to be head of the Russian Jewish Congress), noted that the Israelis studiously do not take sides in the Russia-Ukraine feud; and that they are too smart to be fooled by Poroshenko’s fake history lessons. “Israel came into being during a time when very few Jews were left in Europe or the Soviet Union, partly thanks to the efforts of those Banderites who followed the same strategy which Poroshenko now follows. Why on earth would the Israelis take his side?”
Satanovsky also reminded people that several hundreds of thousands of Jews still live in the Ukraine. “In a way, they are hostages of the current government. Therefore, Israel is not going to pick a quarrel with the Ukraine, provided nobody is harming those (Ukrainian) Jews. At the same time, they are hardly going to take Poroshenko’s side (against Russia).”
Are Crimean Jews In Danger?
Returning to the issue of the Jews living on the Crimean Peninsula, who are now citizens of the Russian Federation:
Poroshenko’s allegations of Russian anti-Semitic behavior was sneered at by Elena Raigorodskaya, spokesperson for the All-Crimean Jewish Congress and the editor of a local Jewish newspaper. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Raigorodskaya stated: “Poroshenko has no moral right to speak about the Jews of the Crimea.”
The Jewish News Agency issued this statement (quoted in the VZGLIAD piece), which was signed by the All-Crimean Jewish Congress, the Simferopol Jewish Autonomy, the Yalta Jewish Autonomy, the Jewish Commune of Sebastopol, the Simferopol Commune of Orthodox Judaism, and the Local Organization of Progressive Judaism of the city of Kerch: