Russia should apologize for the words of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Jews and anti-Semitism, said Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. He noted that with this statement, Moscow “crossed the line” “Israeli Foreign Minister demanded an apology for Lavrov's words about the Jews” />
The words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the most important anti-Semites— it is the Jews themselves who “crossed the line”, the Russian government must apologize to Israel and the Jewish people, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said, reports The Times of Israel.
“We are working hard to maintain good relations with Russia, but there is a line, and this time it has been crossed. The Russian government must apologize to us and to the Jewish people, — Lapid said.
In an interview with Mediaset published May 1, Lavrov admitted that the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, was of Jewish origin. This statement was made in response to the question of how Russia can “denazify” Ukraine, if its President Volodymyr Zelensky— Jew. “He (Zelensky.—RBC) puts forward an argument: what kind of Nazism can they have if he is a Jew. I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews, — said Lavrov.
After his words, Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry for a meeting with the Deputy Director General of the Ministry for clarification. Later, the press service of the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov's words were “unforgivable and outrageous” and were also a historical mistake. “Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust. The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism— this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — emphasized Lapid.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denounced Lavrov's words, saying that “these lies are designed to blame the Jews themselves for the most heinous crimes in history committed against them, and thus absolve the oppressors of the Jews from their responsibility.” Bennett stressed that the use of the Holocaust as a “political battering ram” should be stopped immediately.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine. As its main goals, he called the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state. Kyiv introduced martial law and severed relations with Moscow.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out the presence of anti-Semitism in Ukraine and said that he himself is a Jew. “I have Jewish blood. And I'm the president. And nobody cares, right? Nobody cares. Nobody asks me about it, — he said.
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