Adolf Hitler must be laughing in his grave – “Holocaust? Not my fault. If you don’t believe me just ask Benjamin Netanyahu.”
According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s version of Hitler’s inner thoughts –
“I must have been brain-washed by that guy who came to see me from a faraway place they called Palestine. Silly me. I must have been bewitched by his charisma, not to mention his turban. How did he manage to persuade me exterminate the Jews? I eliminated 6 million people at the behest of a Palestinian Sheikh?”
Now to the serious stuff:
Netanyahu has placed the blame for the extermination of millions of Jewish people during World War II on the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The Israeli Prime Minister told the 37th World Zionist Congress that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews – but was convinced to exterminate them by the Muslim leader, who died in 1974.
He said that the pair met in 1941, and that “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here (to Palestine).’ According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: “What should I do with them?” and the Mufti replied: “Burn them.” This is the scenario as imagined by Netanyahu.
In his book “The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty”, Ilan Pappe the Israeli historian and academic traced the history of the al-Husseini family from 1700 – 1948 and devoted dozens of pages, particularly pages 304 to 341 to Haj Amin al-Husseini and his relations with Germany. He described in meticulous detail the letters, exchanges, and verbal conversations between al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler prior to November 1941 and beyond that date. There is no reference to the conversation mentioned by Netanyahu.
Israeli paper Haaretz told its readers: The Germans have rebutted this absurd claim. It reported:
“A German government spokesman was compelled, again, to declare his country’s exclusive responsibility for the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews”.
The following day Haaretz carried a headline saying: “After the Mufti, will Netanyahu Blame Sweden for the Holocaust?”
According to a NY Times report Israeli historians and opposition politicians joined Palestinians in denouncing Netanyahu. The NYT editorial of 23rd Oct said; “It is outrageous because the only apparent purpose is to demonize the Palestinians and the current leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and to give the impression that their resistance is based solely on a longstanding hatred of the Jews, and not on their occupation by Israel or any other grievance”.
According to Israeli newspapers Netanyahu is not the first Israeli politician to distort the Holocaust for selfish political ends. Both David Ben Gurion and Meanchem Begin used the holocaust for propaganda purposes.
William Booth the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief wrote: “Mr. Netanyahu has made some efforts at damage control since the speech, but all have only reinforced the impression of a cynical effort to distort history in order to draw a straight line between Mr. Husseini’s Nazi views and the current Palestinian leadership. The Holocaust is not a history to tamper with, and now that he has heard the anguished outcry from people who understand that, Mr. Netanyahu should have the decency to acknowledge that he was wrong and out of line”.
Isaac Herzog, the leader of the opposition in the Israeli parliament, wrote: “This is a dangerous historical distortion and I demand Netanyahu correct it immediately as it minimizes the Holocaust, Nazism and … Hitler’s part in our people’s terrible disaster.”
Zionist Union parliamentarian Itzik Shmuli demanded Netanyahu apologize to Holocaust victims saying “This isn’t the first time Netanyahu distorts historical facts, but a lie of this magnitude is the first.”
Despite the blunder and subsequent criticism, there has been no shortage of cheer leaders for Netanyahu in London and Washington. All you have to do is to scan the twitter pages to find apologists, justifiers, and defenders of the indefensible