Answering Israel's Ukraine Critics

Indignation at Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion has intensified while becoming ever more untethered from the facts.

A pro-Ukrainian demonstrator in Tel Aviv on March 20, 2022. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

A pro-Ukrainian demonstrator in Tel Aviv on March 20, 2022. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
March 28 2022
About the author

Evelyn Gordon is a commentator and former legal-affairs reporter who immigrated to Israel in 1987. In addition to Mosaic, she has published in the Jerusalem Post, Azure, Commentary, and elsewhere. She blogs at Evelyn Gordon.

Like many Israelis, I wasn’t very happy with my government’s initial response to the war in Ukraine. Since then, the policies have improved, but criticism of how Israel has responded to Russia’s invasion has only intensified, while becoming progressively more untethered from the facts. Consequently, it’s worth taking a closer look at the substance of this criticism and its merits—if any.

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