By Seth J. Frantzman, JPost—
Iran’s Fars News, which is a pro-government media outlet linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, ran a long article bashing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and using antisemitic tropes.
In the March 10 article that appears on its website’s homepage, Zelensky is accused of being a hedonist who seeks to “gain power and pleasure, using any kind of moral and financial corruption being committed.” It accuses him of having made obscene works in his film career and supporting “marijuana, gambling and prostitution.”
The article openly refers to him as a Jew with “deep ties to Jewish officials and the rich, such as George Soros.” It accuses him of being a Zionist, saying that “Zionist behavior” is duplicitous and that Israel had tossed Ukraine aside “like a handkerchief.”
The article describes Zelensky’s relationship with the Trump administration, arguing that the previous American president preferred amicable relations with Russia and that his allies worked against Ukraine and its ambassador in Washington. This “coincided with the beginning of the first days of Zelensky’s presidency,” the article claims.
Next, the article notes that “Trump repeatedly told Zelensky that he would have to contact Rudy Giuliani in order to be able to talk to him. This meant that the future of US-Ukrainian relations was potentially left to Trump’s personal lawyer.”
But the Iranian article then asserts a wild conspiracy. “Trump’s treatment of Zelensky is reminiscent of the extortion of Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent government and industrial figure in the United States and Europe.” This bizarre reference notes that “Epstein was a sex trafficker who extorts and silences officials and the rich around the world in moral scandals.” Continue Reading….