By Joel C. Rosenberg, All Israel News—-
Until a few days ago, most people around the world had never heard of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
If they had heard anything, it was that he had been an actor — even a comedian — before being elected to the highest office in his country and taking office on May 20, 2019.
For the last few months, Zelenskyy’s critics have been calling him a joke, unsophisticated and unprepared to stand up against President Vladimir Putin, the rising czar of Russia.
But no one is laughing anymore.
This grandson of Holocaust survivors is slowly but surely convincing more and more of his critics that he was born for this moment.
“Zelenskyy has made many really bad mistakes, and I’m sure will make many more, but today he’s showing himself worthy of the nation he’s leading,” Olga Rudenko, chief editor of the Kyiv Independent news website, wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“I was very critical to President Zelenskyy all these years — maybe I will be very critical once again,” tweeted Sergej Sumlenny, a geopolitical analyst based in Berlin. “Now I need to say: he is doing great job, I am totally impressed by his actions and hope he will be able to win this war. Thank you, Mr. President.”
TARGETED FOR ASSASSINATION
“The enemy has marked me as target number one, my family as target number two,” Zelenskyy said of Putin and his Kremlin cronies on Friday. “They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of the state.”
Indeed, Russian tanks launched a blitzkrieg into Kyiv Friday night and many — including senior officials in the White House — feared the Ukrainian capital would fall and Zelenskyy would be captured or killed.
Biden even called the Ukrainian leader and offered to evacuate him out of the country to safety.
But Zelenskyy refused to leave.
“The fight is here — I need ammunition, not a ride,” he replied as he visited with troops, tweeted updates to the world, and worked the phones to solicit more support from Washington and the rest of NATO. Continue Reading…