Surely the most useless debate ever would be the following topic: “Who hated the Jews more: Adolf Hitler or Haj Amin al-Husseini?” Yet this is roughly approximates the response to PM Netanyahu’s misinformed comments about the discussion between the two aforementioned villains regarding the disposition of the Jews during World War II.
Historians say that Netanyahu’s claims are incorrect, and that the Nazi plan of genocide did not originate from the grant mufti. So just correct himself and move on, right? Wrong.
Netanyahu has been accused of absolving Hitler for the Holocaust, and has been dubbed a revisionist. How absurd is that? It is a huge leap taken purely for the purpose of shaming the Israeli PM, and distracting from the intent of his comments, which were to contextualize Arab hatred of the Jews, and the ongoing false allegations about the Israeli government’s intent regarding Temple Mount.
If that wasn’t crazy enough, German Chancellor Angela Merkel jumps into the debate and screams: “Don’t absolve us of anything; killing the Jews was entirely our responsibility“. Relax, Angela. No-one is absolving Hitler or the Germans of anything. Even if one Jew-hater was inspired by another, that hardly absolves him of his actions.
Is now the time for all the haters to step forward stake their claims? “We hate the Jews more!” “No, we hate them more!”
I’m waiting for Abbas to join the circus and finally admit: “We hate Jews and we hate Israel, and we take full responsibility for the incitement and violence”, but unfortunately, he and his ilk are the last people in the world to say what they really think in English to the outside world, and to take responsibility for their own actions.
So who hated us more: the Nazis or the Arabs? It doesn’t matter, and comparing atrocities is skating on thin ice. To their credit, the Germans post-Holocaust have come to terms with the actions of their ancestors and don’t shy away for it. The Palestinians, on the other hand, continue to live and perpetuate a myth of victimhood that shows no sign of ever changing.
When the Torah talks about Joseph’s brothers hatred for him, it states: “they could not talk to him peacefully” (Genesis 37:4). The commentator Rashi calls this a backhanded compliment: at least they were not duplicitous with him.
If there’s anything worse than a hater, it’s a hater that won’t admit it.