Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of throwing in false, baseless and offensive claims in his fiery speeches, but this time he has reached a new low.
The Israeli prime minister actually let Adolf Hitler off the hook for the carrying out the genocide against 6 million Jews, saying the Nazi ruler was, in fact, talked into it.
In an address to the World Zionist Congress, Netanyahu said Hitler’s original plan was to just to expel Jews from Europe. It was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, who planted the idea of the Holocaust in Hitler's mind in 1941, Netanyahu said.
"Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew,” Bibi said. “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.’”
It goes without saying how ridiculous the theory is – one that, by the way, has been discredited by noted history scholars.
But then again, it’s Netanyahu, who has a penchant for delivering preposterous statements and then getting away with it by either backtracking or issuing a (non-)apology.
However, this time it’s a little different. Not only is his latest remark about Hitler outrageous, it borders on Holocaust denial and trivializes the tragedy.
People are understandably upset. Twitter is ablaze with users questioning Netanyahu’s sanity.
Netanyahu as an apologist for Hitler. That's not odd to the US media? Taking blame off Hitler & the Nazis, & pointing somewhere else? Wow— Remi Kanazi (@Remroum) October 21, 2015
How long till Netanyahu has to apologise? Claim he 'misspoke' re Hitler and the Holocaust? Surely that comment can't be allowed to stand?— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 20, 2015
Serious Ben Carsoning by Netanyahu: Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews, but a Palestinian convinced him to. https://t.co/kFUiAzkFIk— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 20, 2015
Let’s see how the Israeli leader tries to get out of this one.