Israel, World Politics

Nationalism Okay for Ukraine, Not Okay for Israel

ukrainian flag rippling in the wind

The world is cheering on Ukraine, in an expression of support for Ukrainian nationalism. At the same time, those cheering for Ukrainian nationalism, deplore Zionism, as an expression of Jewish and Israeli nationalism. Many are those who have spoken against or written about nationalism as if it were somehow a breach of human rights. But the truth is that nationalism is only an expression of the right to self-determination, a prerequisite for liberty and freedom.

The Jews have the right to self-determination in their indigenous territory, yet the world accuses Israel of racism. These same accusers are now supporting Ukraine, if not in a material way, with their chitchat with friends, and with their open desire to see Putin defeated. The hypocrisy is stunning.