The Russian Foreign Ministry on its telegram channel published the following statement on the morning of May 3: “We drew attention to the anti-historical statements of Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, which largely explain the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv. The Israeli minister said literally the following: “The Jews did not destroy themselves during the Holocaust. To accuse Jews of anti-Semitism is a blatant level of racism against Jews. “For some reason, the Western press (and some of our liberals) are still arguing about whether there are neo-Nazis in Ukraine. As one of the “reinforced concrete” arguments, Jewish the origin of Vladimir Zelensky.An argument that is not only untenable, but also crafty… But what really exists in Ukraine, even if we leave out of the brackets the frenzied Russophobia and the fight against everything Russian, is the most extreme anti-Semitism and Romophobia, even to think about which not so long ago it was still unthinkable.

Further, the Russian Foreign Ministry cites “facts”: “Despite the existence of the law “On Preventing and Combating Anti-Semitism in Ukraine,” which Volodymyr Zelensky signed in 2020, its norms do not apply. Domestic and political anti-Semitism and Nazism are not suppressed, on the contrary, they are nurtured. and law enforcement agencies are calm about Judeophobic cries at “Bandera” marches, all because the current Kyiv regime is confident in its infallibility. Such “state building” is especially immoral for a country that lost 1.5 million Jews during the Holocaust, and on the territory capital of which there is a memorial to those who died in Babi Yar.

This statement is widely quoted by the Israeli media. There have been no comments from leading Israeli politicians regarding this statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

It should be noted that the statement about Israel’s support for the “neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv” was published by the Russian Foreign Ministry shortly after Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to clarify the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the possible Jewish roots of Adolf Hitler.

As previously reported, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with the Italian television company Mediaset, in particular, stated: “The fact that he (Zelensky) puts forward the argument:” What kind of Nazism can we have when I am a Jew? “If I remember correctly, I’m afraid to make a mistake, but in my opinion, Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. And we have long heard the wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews. “There are black sheep in the family,” like ours they say…”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennet commented on the words of the Russian Foreign Minister as follows: “It is necessary to immediately stop using the topic of the Holocaust as a means of political struggle and mutual attacks. His (Lavrov’s) words are untrue and unacceptable in essence. charges of committing the most terrible crimes against the Jews themselves and free from responsibility the persecutors of our people.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said: “The statements of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov are not only inexcusable and outrageous – they are also a terrible historical mistake. Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust. Accusing Jews themselves of anti-Semitism is the lowest level of racism against Jews.” .

Finance Minister, former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on his Facebook: “I was unpleasantly shocked to hear the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This is an absurd and hard to understand statement, and it is very unfortunate that it was made. I expect that Lavrov will clarify what he meant and apologize.”

Dani Dayan, chairman of the board of the Yad Vashem memorial complex, called the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the possible Jewish roots of Adolf Hitler “unfounded, delusional, dangerous and deserving of all condemnation.”

The Anti-Defamation League also reacted to the words of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry: “In a desperate attempt to justify the invasion of Ukraine, Lavrov resorts to offensive and false comparisons. The abuse of Nazism, Hitler and the Holocaust should be stopped immediately.”

By Editor

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