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Israel Criticizes Russian Chancellor For Talking About Hitler's Jewish Origin: 'Outrageous'

Ao ser indagado sobre a incoerência de alegar nazificação da Ucrânia enquanto o país tem um presidente judeu, Sergey Lavrov argumentou que Hitler “também tinha origens judaicas”

When asked about the inconsistency of claiming the nazification of Ukraine while the country has a Jewish president, Sergey Lavrov argued that Hitler “also had Jewish origins”| Photo: EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

The Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, classified this Monday (2) as serious the statement by Russian Chancellor Sergey Lavrov, that Adolf Hilter “also had Jewish origins”, as well as the President of Ukraine. , Volodymir Zelensky.

After this controversial declaration, Lapid convened the Russian ambassador in the country “for a clarification meeting”, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Minister Lavrov’s comments are an unforgivable and outrageous statement, as well as a terrible historical mistake,” lamented Lapid. “Jews did not commit suicide in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is accusing Jews themselves of anti-Semitism,” he added.

In an interview given over the weekend to the Italian channel Rete4, the first for the Western European press since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Lavrov insisted on an infiltration of allegedly neo-Nazi sectors in Ukrainian institutions. When told about Zelensky’s Jewish roots, Lavrov replied that Hitler “also had Jewish origins”.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Moscow is not seeking regime change in Ukraine. He also claimed that the war triggered by the invasion aims to “guarantee the security of the population of the east”, which would be “threatened by militarization and nazification”.

Since the beginning of the conflict, while condemning the invasion, Israel has maintained a very moderate stance towards Russia due to the strategic alliance they have in the Middle East, where they coordinate attacks on pro-Iranian positions in Syria. Israel also did not apply sanctions against Russia and did not deliver weapons to Ukraine, although it sent humanitarian aid and welcomed Ukrainian refugees and also Ukrainians of Jewish origin who are entitled to Israeli citizenship.

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