- Sam Sokol
Bennett Condemns Russian FM's Hitler 'Lies'
FM Lapid says Israel expects apology over Lavrov's comments that like Zelenskyy, Hitler too 'had Jewish blood' and that Jews are the 'greatest antisemites' ■ Yad Vashem: Lavrov has turned victims into criminals
Jonathan Lis, Ofer Aderet and Sam Sokol May 2, 2022
Israel blasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday after he compared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Adolf Hitler, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett dubbing the statement "lies."
"Such lies are intended to accuse the Jews themselves of the most horrific crimes in history committed against them, thus freeing the responsibility from the oppressors of Israel," Bennett said, adding that he regards the Russian foreign minister's statement "severely."
Speaking with Israel’s Kan News, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba lashed out at Moscow for claiming that the Ukrainians were responsible for crimes carried out by its own forces, asserting that “This is the perverted logic of the Russian elite. And even Minister Lavrov, who knows what diplomacy is, he cannot hide anymore the deeply-rooted antisemitism, the antisemitism that is deeply-rooted into Russian elites.
"The use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a political tool must be stopped immediately."
On Sunday, Lavrov said that the fact Zelenskyy is Jewish does not negate his country's Nazi elements, claiming that Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler also "had Jewish blood."