Israeli historians and politicians joinedÂ Wednesday the wave of criticism that is denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel for saying it was a Palestinian, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who gave Hitler the idea of annihilating European Jews during World War II.
It was in a speech to the to the Zionist Congress on Tuesday that Netanyahu said: â€œHitler didnâ€™t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews.â€
The prime minister then said that the mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, had protested to Hitler that â€œtheyâ€™ll all come here,â€ referring to Palestine.Â â€œ â€˜So what should I do with them?â€™ â€ Mr. Netanyahu quoted Hitler as asking Mr. Husseini. â€œHe said, â€˜Burn them.â€™ â€
Prof. Meir Litvak, a historian at Tel Aviv University, called the speech â€œa lieâ€ and â€œa disgrace.â€ Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, a specialist of German history at Hebrew University, said, â€œWith this, Netanyahu joins a long line of people that we would call Holocaust deniers.â€, writes New York Times.