PUTIN AND THE JEWS: A special bond decades in the making
On the Jewish New Year, celebrated in September, Putin sent a holiday greeting to Rabbi Lazar, wishing the Russian Jewish community a “sweet and happy New Year.”
“For centuries, Jewish values inspired lofty ideals,” Putin wrote. He said that these values enhanced “relations among different peoples…through charity and education, all in the interest of the public good.” In a direct manner, he pledged “fierce opposition to any manifestation of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.”
Putin puts his money where his mouth is and donated a month of his salary as president to the Jewish Museum in Moscow. His name is proudly listed on the museum wall as a donor.
“We never forget that in the State of Israel reside many former Soviet citizens, and that has a special implication on the relationship between our two states.”.
“Every Russian action in the area has always been responsible. We are aware of the artillery against Israel and we condemn it. “