An Israeli politician issued a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing wars in Israel and Ukraine. Amir Weitmann, the head of the libertarian caucus in Israel’s Likud Party, appeared on Russia’s state-run RT News network this week and spoke about fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, as well as Russia’s war with Ukraine.
While speaking about recent claims relating to al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, Weitmann criticized Russia, saying that “we’re gonna finish this war, we’re going to win because we’re stronger. After this, Russia will pay the price, believe me, Russia will pay the price.”
“Russia is supporting the enemies of Israel. Russia is supporting Nazi people who want to commit genocide on us and Russia will pay the price,” Weitmann said. “We’re gonna win this war. Afterwards, we’re not forgetting what you’re doing, we’re not forgetting, we will come, we will make sure Ukraine wins. We will make sure that you pay the price for what you have done, you as Russia.”
Comment: I had to post the entirety of this interview. There’s something here for everybody. If Amir Weitmann was a woman, he’d be called hysterical and hormonal. As a male he can definitely be described angry beyond words. The RT interviewer, Rory Suchet, is skillfully taking advantage of Weitmann’s angry ranting for the benefit of his audience.
Beyond the mechanics of the interview, I do wonder if Weitmann’s attitude is shared among his fellow Likudniks. Up until last Friday, Israel was playing a balancing act between Moscow and Kyiv. Aid to Ukraine was practically nonexistent in exchange for Moscow keeping a lid on Iranian activities targeting Israel. For the immediate future, Israel will be totally consumed with their war on Hamas. If history is any guide and this newfound anger towards Moscow is real, Israel will turn this grudge into real support in Kyiv’s war against Moscow. Maybe next year.