“You remember it and will never forget it for sure,” [Zelenskyy] said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. “But you should hear what is coming from Moscow now. They are saying the same words now: ‘final solution,’ but this time it’s about us.”
The Ukrainian president also noted that the date that Russia invaded Ukraine — February 24 — was the same day that the Nazi Party was founded in Germany in 1920. He added that a Russian missile has already targeted Babi Yar, a Ukrainian site that holds the nation’s main Holocaust memorial…
“His criticism of Israel was legitimate, as was his raising expectations of us, but not his infuriating and ridiculous comparison to the Holocaust and his attempt to rewrite history and to erase the role of the Ukrainian people in the attempts to exterminate the Jewish people,” Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Israel’s Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel tweeted that while he “supports the Ukrainian people in heart and deed…comparison to the horrors of the Holocaust and the final solution is outrageous.”
Yuval Steinitz, who serves as part of Israel’s Likud Party, said the Ukrainian president’s statement “borders on Holocaust denial.”
Struck by the cynical idiocy of Zelenskyy’s historical allusion – to say nothing of his crass tailoring of propaganda for each national audience he addresses – I thought it might be interesting to see if any other event conceivably relevant to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had occurred on 24 February. Bingo: US ground operations began in the Persian Gulf War. If Putin is telegraphing messages via the calendar – which I doubt – that coincidence is more loaded.