In the wake of Israeli airstrikes targeting Iranian military sites in Syria, Russia released what seemed to be conflicting statements; decrying “arbitrary Israeli airstrikes” on one hand while at the same time claiming they were deeply concerned about “ensuring a very strong security of the State of Israel.”
Likhachov insists that when the criteria for reporting antisemitic acts are consistent, it’s possible to see accurate trends of antisemitism in Ukraine year to year, even if the actual number of acts reported in a year may not be entirely accurate. According to him, there is currently less antisemitism in Ukraine than in the past.
No one denies that Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Bishop Andrei Sheptytsky saved around 70 Jews from death during the Holocaust, or that – for Ukrainians – he is a nailed-on hero. But for Yad Vashem he is still not Righteous Among the Nations.
Russia deployed some of its best air defenses to Syria to keep US missiles and jets at bay as the US military's immense air and naval power fought ISIS in close proximity — but the supposedly airtight defenses are routinely defeated by Israel.