Israeli President Isaac Herzog called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to apologize for claiming that “even Hitler had Jewish blood.”

“Lavrov is spreading anti-Semitic lies. I expect him to apologize,” Herzog told Haaretz on Tuesday.

He said “at first, I couldn’t believe that they had been uttered by a Russian foreign minister. They made me angry and disgusted.”

Lavrov sought to justify Russia’s argument for its ongoing war: the “de-Nazification” of Ukraine, even though the country’s president is Jewish.

“During a week when we are remembering the Holocaust, of all weeks, the Russian foreign minister chooses to spread lies, terrible lies, which smell of anti-Semitism,” added Israel’s president. “I expect him to retract his words and apologize.”

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