Israel’s Ukraine Problem, and America’s

The Jewish state has been criticized this week for not standing up for Ukraine against Russia. It would probably like to, but its hands have been tied by its own closest ally.

Israelis in Tel Aviv protesting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022. Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

Israelis in Tel Aviv protesting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022. Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

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Feb. 28 2022
About the author

Andrew N. Koss, a senior editor of Mosaic, is writing a book about the Jews of Vilna during World War I.

The eyes of the world are on Ukraine. Its borders have been overrun by a long-awaited Russian offensive, and its citizens are fighting for their freedom. Perhaps because the assault has been so brazen and proceeded so swiftly, even those who in the past might have been duped by the Kremlin’s specious claims that Russia is threatened by NATO enlargement or that an incursion is necessary to secure the rights of Ukrainian separatists (read: Russian agents) seem able to recognize that this is a conflict that pits a large and ruthless tyranny against a vulnerable pro-Western democracy.

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