Dr. Samir Ayoub, a Moscow-based expert on Russian affairs, said in a February 24, 2023 show on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) that Israel supports Ukraine because it has strong ties with it and with the wealthy Ukrainians who "plundered" the Soviet Union. He said that since Ukraine is the "most corrupt country in the world," it is "fertile ground" for exploitation by wealthy Jews, and he asserted that all of Ukraine's leaders are Jews or have strong relations with the Jewish lobby. In addition, Ayoub said that there are rich Jews in Russia who had stolen from the Soviet people, but that Russia keeps an eye on them.
Samir Ayoub: "Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Russia knew that the Israeli entity is in favor of the regime in Ukraine because strong ties connect this entity to Ukraine, and, especially, the wealthy Ukrainians, who in earlier times plundered USSR and later, plundered Ukraine. As we know, Ukraine is the most corrupt country in the world, and therefore, it serves as fertile ground for exploitation and investment by all the wealthy Jews. All the leaders who reached ruling position in Ukraine are Jews, or of Jewish origins, or have excellent relations with the Jewish lobby.
"It is true that there is a Jewish lobby and rich Jews in Russia as well, who have done the same thing they did in Ukraine – they stole the income of the Soviet people – but in Russia, they are kept under tab. They are subject to great pressure and many of them have fled Russia. However, in Ukraine they hold the rule and have great influence. Therefore, the Israeli position towards the Russian military operation in Ukraine is not strange."