Hitler came in for a bit of support during the week, from an unlikely source: Bibi Netanyahu. Israel’s prime minister told the World Zionist Congress that the Führer originally intended only to expel European Jews, not murder them. According to Bibi, it wasn’t until Adolf met the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem that he changed his mind and decided to kill them all.
That’s Hitler, you see. Very easily led, especially by friends like the Grand Mufti. Even as children, the mini-Mufti was getting young Adolf into trouble, robbing orchards and climbing walls. Knocking on doors and running away.
Hitler’s mother wouldn’t let him play with young Amin al-Husayni. He’s nothing but trouble, Maria used to say. You stay away from him.
And so it came to be that when Adolf Hitler grew into a Führer and Amin grew into a Mufti (a grand one), poor Adolf was still getting into trouble.
According to Bibi Netanyahu, the conversation went like this.
All I really want to do is expel the Jews from Europe. I don’t want to kill them.
No, replies the Grand Mufti. If you expel them, they’ll all come here.
What should I do with them? asks a tearful Führer .
Burn them, says the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, with an evil laugh.
And so it came about that Adolf went from stealing apples at the Mufti’s instruction to murdering six million Jews. He was only following orders.
That’s what bad companions will do to you, as all our mothers warned us.
Of course, there are certain problems with Bibi’s narrative, not least of which is the fact that no such conversation is recorded. On top of that, we seem to have the Prime Minister of Israel engaging in a perverse form of Holocaust denial by shifting the blame from the Nazis to a single individual who in turn becomes the embodiment of all those who lived in Palestine before the Zionists kicked them out of their homes.
And yet, in a truly disturbing way, Netanyahu has acknowledged two facts about the origins of the modern Israeli state.
The first fact is that the Zionists and the Nazis had a shared interest in getting as many Jews as possible into Palestine. Zionism, after all, was a movement that believed Jews could legitimately live only in a Jewish homeland and this was a position not very far removed from that of the National Socialists. Indeed, within six months of Hitler’s accession to power, the Zionist Federation of Germany approached him with a proposal to solve the “Jewish question”. In the years before WW2, SS officers and Zionist Federation officials jointly travelled through Palestine to assess its suitability as a new Jewish homeland.
The second fact is that there was no Israel at that time, only a Palestine that would later be obliterated by force of arms in an operation that carries on to this day as the mopping-up continues. The remnants of the indigenous Palestinian people huddle behind the Gaza fence in stone-age conditions of misery or cower in fear as West-bank Israeli settlers beat them, burn them and destroy their homes in the name of a spurious biblical claim to the land they have occupied since the time they were all Jews.
For this we should be grateful to Bibi Netanyahu whose honesty is refreshing.
At least he doesn’t engage in mealy-mouthed evasions.
At least he calls it for what it is.
A true Zionist cares nothing about the Holocaust and a true Zionist knows full well that the state of Israel can only be created by dispossessing those who have lived on the land since before recorded history.
And if Bibi needs to invoke absurd biblical justifications for his war of ethnic cleansing, at least he’s honest about it. At least he declares Israel to be a Jewish state unlike those who would have us believe that it’s actually some Middle-Eastern secular paradise in a sea of religious fanatics.
Of course, the uncomfortable side of this is that people in Europe have been jailed for uttering milder statements absolving Hitler of blame. How ironic to see the prime minister of Israel on the same side as Jean-Marie le Pen or David Irving.