Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday lambasted his Russian counterpart for claiming on Sunday that Hitler “had Jewish blood” and that “some of the worst antisemites are Jews.”
“Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error,” Lapid said.
“Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism,” Lapid added.
Lapid said he is very angry with the statement, and he wants Lavrov to apologize for such wrongful accusations.
Sources said Lapid already summoned Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov for a “clarification” discussion.
For his part, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai wants Lavrov to recant his statement immediately.
“Hitler did not have ‘Jewish blood’ and repeating this abhorrent falsehood place blame for the worst antisemitic crime in history on Jews,” Shai said.
“Blaming Jews for crimes against Jews is intrinsically antisemitic,” Shai added.