Political analyst and Americanist Malek Dudakov, in a conversation with Lenta.ru, said
that if a choice must be made between the two conflicts, the preference would be for supporting Israel, as it is a more established and significant American ally.
“Israel is the priority. Ukraine will be told to cease counteroffensives and spend less,” Dudakov said.
The level of aggression toward Israel has increased among ordinary Russians, too, the most striking example being the anti-Israel riot at the Makhachkala Airport (see Russia.Post
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State media also recalled
the 2019 “prophecy” of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the late leader of the LDPR party, who had speculated about a possible Israeli invasion of Iran. “By 2024, there will be a conflict in the Middle East, and everyone will simply forget what Ukraine is… We are talking about World War III. Because Iran is not like North Korea, Vietnam or Kosovo. The most terrifying events will happen here.”
Leonid Slutsky, the current head of the LDPR and chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, commented on Zhirinovsky’s statement, saying that “Ukraine will be forgotten” because the Middle East conflict will be much rougher, and that “we will wrap up the special military operation in the near future. […I]t will be won. It will be won by us. We will achieve victory.”
Meanwhile, many Russian celebrities who oppose the Russian invasion of Ukraine expressed support for Israel. Among them is the Russian musician and Mashina Vremeni leader Andrey Makarevich.
“I wish good luck to our [Israeli] soldiers and count the hours and days until our victory. Please stay alive,” Makarevich wrote
on his Facebook page.
The post was criticized
by RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan. She claimed that it shows that those who left Russia because of the war were simply covering up their “hatred for their homeland” with pacifist slogans.
“As soon as things flared up in Israel, everything disappeared. All this ‘we are for peace,’ ‘no war,’ all the pacifism, everything, just vanished. The principles they were hiding behind,” said Simonyan.
Russian comedian and television presenter Maxim Galkin, who also left Russia due to the war with Ukraine and is currently in Israel, wrote
on his Instagram page: “today at 6:30, we woke up to sirens... Difficult times for Israel. Condolences to the victims and their families! We pray for those who are trapped. Israel will prevail!” .
Galkin faced criticism not only from propagandists but also from Instagram users. Some of them called on him to go and fight himself.
“Galkin, take a rifle and go defend your homeland – Israel,” the news outlet RIA Novosti quoted
one of the comments under Galkin’s post.