Certainly no responsible person would want to use Vladimir Putin as a role model of conduct. However, as Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) asks, “Eize hu chacham? Ha lomed mikol adam” – “Who is wise? He who learns from every man.”
Putin acted with lightning speed and now the takeover of the Crimean Peninsula is viewed as an indisputable reality. Israel’s long-delayed reunification of its liberated lands, on the other hand, is a matter of great contention.
We have much to learn from the Russian president’s approach.
There is a critical period for action and reaction when events occur. The adage to “strike while the iron is hot” may be trite but it contains a great deal of wisdom. Opportunity fades with the passage of time.