Israeli newspaper names most influential Jew of 2022
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is the most influential Jew of 2022, according to the Jerusalem Post, which published
its list on Sunday. Describing the former comedian as an “icon
,” the outlet hailed his use of “the media and diplomacy
” to turn the West against Russia and its president.
Zelensky’s command of “media
” – the word ‘propaganda’ is not used – is so great that it convinced the US and Europe to revile not only President Vladimir Putin, but all things hailing from the country, from Russian athletes to Russian blue cats. He got Sweden and Finland to discard decades of military neutrality and apply for NATO membership, and inspired the EU to drop its policy of not arming nations involved in conflict. Nearly the entire bloc was persuaded to sanction Russian oil and gas producers, even though it has driven prices to record highs and wreaked havoc on their economies.
Whether or not Zelensky’s media projections are true doesn’t matter, according to the Post. “There’s little evidence that he actually said 'I need ammunition, not a ride' when US President Joe Biden offered to evacuate him from Kiev, but it seemed like something he would say, and that was enough for the quote to go viral
,” the newspaper wrote.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky was named most influential Jew of the year by Jerusalem Post