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Haaretz, Apr 13, 2017


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s unfortunate remarks, according to which Hitler never used chemical weapons nor used gas against his own people during the Holocaust, are not only testimony to his personal ignorance. You don’t need to be an accredited historian to know that Hitler killed millions of people with gas starting in 1939, and that the victims included citizens of his country, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

[...] No less outrageous, however, were the lame responses and even nonresponses from the Israeli government and the man who heads it, to these and similar statements from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ideological partners in the United States and in Europe [....]

The fact that Israel’s government, with the exception of Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, has been absent from the front lines of the battle against these chilling statements — the result of a cold political calculus — allows them to permeate worldwide nearly unhindered, and it reveals the Jewish state in all its hypocrisy. Netanyahu, who pounces gleefully on every mention of the momentary ideological partnership between Nazis and Muslims, has not said a single word against his fellow travelers from the right around the world. In his view, the joint battle against “the Islamic threat” justifies ignoring attempts to rewrite history about “the Jewish threat.”


from http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.783137