– Adolf Hitler’s concept of “Jewish blood” makes Israel rebellious
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, pointed out in an interview on Sunday that Adolf Hitler had “Jewish blood.”
Hitler had “Jewish blood”: these statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov provoked Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador and provoked condemnation from some Western countries. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it wants to “militarize” and “denationalize” the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, led by pro-Western leaders, in justifying the invasion that began on February 24.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr “Zhelensky puts forward this argument: how can Nazism be Jewish (in Ukraine)? I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood, ”Sergei Lavrov told the Italian media group Mediaset on Sunday evening, and his comments were transcribed on his ministry’s website.
“Minister Lavro’s remarks are at the same time slanderous, unforgivable and a terrible historical error,” said Yahya Lapid, his Israeli envoy in a brief statement. He said the Russian ambassador to Israel had been called in to “clarify.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett, for his part, condemned the use of the Holocaust as a “political tool.” “No war can be compared to the Holocaust … The use of the Jewish genocide as a political tool must be stopped immediately,” he said. Bennett said in a statement from his services.
– “Filtering Camps” –
Since President Vladimir Putin decided on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Israel has sought to maintain a subtle balance between kyiv and Moscow, but Sergei Lavrov’s comments have provoked outrage. Danny Dayan, leader of the Yat Wachchem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, also denounced “baseless, delusional and dangerous ideas.”
In a video released Monday evening, President Zhelensky was outraged: “How can this be said to mark the anniversary of the victory against Nazism? These words mean that Russia’s top diplomat is blaming the Jewish people for the Nazi crimes. No words.”
“So the question is whether the Israeli ambassador will stay in Moscow after learning of his new position. Will relations with Russia remain unchanged? Because it is not accidental. The words of the Russian foreign minister – the best genius of Hitlerism – are not accidental “, the Ukrainian leader began.
Volodymyr Zhelensky pointed to “filtration camps” set up by the Russians in Ukraine, where his “people are being killed, tortured and raped.” “It is not a coincidence that the occupiers are holding civilians hostage or deporting them for free,” he added. “Sergei Lavrov can not hide the anti-Semitism that is deeply rooted within the Russian elite,” said former Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
“Nonsense” according to Berlin
Westerners also protested. “It is the duty of the whole world to speak out against this vicious and dangerous rhetoric and to support our Ukrainian partners in the face of the brutal attack on the Kremlin,” tweeted Anthony Blinken, President of US Diplomacy.
In the eyes of the German government’s spokeswoman Stephen Hepstreet, the report was “absurd” and “not necessary to comment on the Russian propaganda spread by Sergei Lavrov.” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, for his part, considered Sergei Lavrov’s comments “hostile.” “As far as Hitler is concerned, it’s really obscene,” he told a news conference on Monday evening.
Speaking to elected members of the Israeli parliament in late March, Volodymyr Zelensky called on Israel to “choose” its support for Ukraine against Russia and called on the Jewish government to provide arms. Israeli officials have provided security equipment specifically for Ukraine, but have not recently sent weapons, Israeli officials said.