The Times, May 3, 2022
Russia has accused Israel of backing Kyiv’s “neo-Nazi regime” in an escalating diplomatic clash that could prompt the Bennett government to abandon its neutrality towards the war in Ukraine. The row was triggered by a claim from Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign secretary, that Hitler had “Jewish blood”.
“So what if [President] Zelensky is Jewish?”
he told Italian television.
“The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine. I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood . . . some of the worst antisemites are Jews.”
In response Naftali Bennett, the Israeli prime minister, said that
“the goal of such lies is to accuse the Jews themselves of the most awful crimes in history, which were perpetrated against them, and thereby absolve Israel’s enemies of responsibility”.
“an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error”.
Sergei Lavrov the Russian foreign minister has provoked outrage in Israel by asserting that Adolf Hitler had “Jewish origins” and that Jews were the worst antisemites. Israel has been operating as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia as it has ties with both sides. Israel has therefore not wanted to align too closely with either nation since the Russian invasion. However, the rhetoric coming from Jerusalem shifted in the wake of the reports of widespread civilian killings by the Russians, with Lapid explicitly accusing Russia of war crimes last week. Hence Lavrov turning his attack on Israel. According to Israel’s prime minister Putin has now apologised but there has been no word of this from Russia. What this does show us is how the relationship between Israel and Russia can turn so poisonous so quickly and how pivotal Israel is in the current conflict. …
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (Ezekiel 38:10-11)
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