Israeli citizen announces bid for Ukrainian presidency

Brace yourselves: Ukraine could end up with an Israeli president.

The Israeli news website Ynet reports that Vadim Rabinovich, a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch who holds an Israeli passport and has lived in the apartheid state of Israel, has announced that he will run for Ukrainian president.

He is one of four people to announce their presidential bid for the elections scheduled for 25 May.

Vadim Rabinovich

Vadim Rabinovich could become Ukraine’s first Israeli president

Rabinovich heads the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress and is the founder of the European Jewish Parliament.

Announcing his bid on 25 March, Rabinovich said he is motivated by the need to prove that Ukraine is not anti-Semitic.

“I want to destroy the myth of anti-Semitic Ukraine that is replicated today throughout the world,” he said, adding: “I think I’m the perfect candidate, especially in these difficult times.”

It’s hard to predict how Rabinovich will fare in the presidential poll. But there’s a reasonable chance that if he performs badly, then he’ll do an about face and blame his failure on anti-Semitism and maybe go even further by joining the ongoing Israeli campaign to import Ukrainian Jews into the occupied Palestinian territories.

If, on the other hand, he succeeds, then Ukraine will join the club of Israel lickspittle states, such as the Czech Republic, Micronesia and Fiji.

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