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Celebrating Israel's Independence Day in Tel Aviv
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the Independence Day of his state, The Kremlin press service reported.
“Mutual interest was expressed in the further development of friendly Russian-Israeli relations and maintaining useful contacts between the leadership of the two countries,”— the message says.
Putin and Bennett also stressed the importance of Victory Day. The Russian president reminded the Israeli prime minister that out of the 6 million dead Jews, 40% were citizens of the USSR. In turn, Bennett noted the decisive contribution of the Red Army to the victory over Nazism.
In addition, the heads of Israel and Russia discussed the situation in Ukraine, paying special attention to humanitarian aspects, including the evacuation from the territory of the Azovstal plant. civilians. The Kremlin noted that the Russian military remains ready to ensure the safe exit of civilians, and the authorities should order the remaining militants at the plant to lay down their arms.
Last week, Lavrov, in an interview with Italy's Mediaset, suggested that Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish roots, and said that “the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews.” Thus, he reacted to the question of why Ukraine needs “denazification”; (Russian authorities call it one of the targets of the military operation) if the president of the country, Vladimir Zelensky, is a Jew. According to Lavrov, this argument “means absolutely nothing.”
These statements caused indignation of the Israeli authorities. Bennet called them lies, the purpose of which — “to blame the Jews themselves for the most heinous crimes in history that were committed against them, and thereby exonerate the enemies of Israel from responsibility.”
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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid considered Lavrov's words unforgivable, stressing that accusing Jews of anti-Semitism— it is to exhibit “the lowest level of racism against the Jews.” He also demanded that the Russian government apologize to Israel and the Jewish people, noting that these words “crossed the line” while Jerusalem is making every effort to maintain good relations with Moscow. The Russian Ambassador was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, called Lapid's statement “anti-historical”; and “largely explaining the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.”
Lavrov's statements were also condemned by the leaders of other states: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called them “absurd and unacceptable”, the Italian prime minister Mario Draghi— obscene, and US State Department spokesman Ned Price— “the lowest form of racism.” Zelensky, in turn, considered Lavrov's words an “anti-Semitic attack”, which indicates that “in Russia they forgot all the lessons of the Second World War, and maybe they never learned these lessons.”
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