“A Kremlin readout of the phone call made no mention of an apology, rather stressing that Russia and Israel shared the same commitment to preserving the memory of the Holocaust’

Putin Apologizes for Lavrov’s Holocaust Comments, Israeli PM’s Office Says
Ben Cohen
May 5, 2022

Israel said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had apologized to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the widely-panned comments of his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, about the Nazi Holocaust in the context of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. A statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office noted that the two leaders had “discussed Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s remarks” during a phone call. “The Prime Minister accepted President Putin’s apology for Lavrov’s remarks and thanked him for clarifying his attitude towards the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust,” the statement said. READ MORE

JNS Melanie Phillips: Why Russia has once again turned on the Jews Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, caused outrage earlier this week after he was asked on Italian TV how Russia could claim to be “de-Nazifying” Ukraine when its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish. Lavrov replied: “I could be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. That [Zelensky is Jewish] means absolutely nothing. Wise Jewish people say that the most rabid anti-Semites are usually Jews.”

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