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Netanyahu, Hitler Apologist?

Benjamin Netanyahu, who we all know is the Prime Minister of Israel, now claims that Hitler didn’t want to annihilate the Jews until he was given the idea by a Palestinian!

Here is what he actually said yesterday.

    “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini [the Muslim religious leader in Jerusalem] went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he asked. He said, ‘Burn them.'”

I learned about this from two articles, one from the New York Times, the other from Talking Points Memo, that discuss the actual history. Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, was a notorious Nazi collaborator and anti-Semite, but Hitler had already killed a million Jews by the time they met.

From the New York Times article, here is a historian at Hebrew University in Jerusalem commenting on Netanyahu’s claims.

    “He moves the responsibility of the Holocaust, for the destruction of the Jews, to the mufti and the Arab world. This is a trick intended to stain the Arabs of today because of the Arabs of the past. To pile on the Arabs of the past by easing up on the Germans of the past.”

Not even the Germans want any part of this! Here is the statement Angela Merkel’s spokesman made to the press today.

    “All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust. … We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.

I’ve never been a fan of Netanyahu, but is it possible to get any worse than this?


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