May 2 (UPI) — Top Israeli officials on Monday condemned remarks from Russia’s chief diplomat that claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was Jewish and implied that Jewish captives during World War II were responsible for their own deaths in the Holocaust.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov made the remarks in an interview with an Italian news channel when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claims that his war in Ukraine is “deNazifying” the country.
“In my opinion, Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it doesn’t mean absolutely anything,” he said in the interview. “For some time we have heard from the Jewish people that the biggest anti-Semites were Jewish.”
In the interview, Lavrov also compared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Hitler.
EDIT – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Such lies are meant to blame the Jews themselves for the most terrible crimes in history and thus free the oppressors of the Jews from their responsibility.”