Addressing Zionist Congress on Tuesday, hours before a visit to Germany, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu came up with a new lie on Tuesday as he prepared to leave for a visit to Germany. Falsifying history he claimed that Hitler had wanted to expel Jews, not to exterminate them, but that the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haji Amin al-Husseini, convinced him to “burn them.”
The claim was immediately rebutted by prominent Israelis themselves, including defence minister Moshe Yaalon who said “it certainly wasn’t [the mufti] who invented the Final Solution. That was the evil brainchild of Hitler himself.” Experts on Holocaust pointed out that Husseini met with Hitler on November 28, 1941, while more than two years earlier, ie, in January 1939, Hitler while addressing the Reichstag had clearly spoken about his determination to exterminate the “Jewish race.”
The chief of Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum told Israeli radio that “the idea to rid the world of the Jews was a central theme in Hitler’s ideology a long, long time before he met the mufti.” Also, what defies explanation is that why would Hitler want to commit such a horrendous crime on the advice of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem?
Netanyahu clearly has a motive to tell the lie he has. He wants to malign the current Mufti of Jerusalem because his government’s attempts to change the status of al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as the Temple of the Mount, have triggered massive Palestinian protests.
The trouble started when violating the status quo – only Muslims are allowed to enter the al-Aqsa compound and pray in the mosque – Jewish extremist groups, escorted by Israeli security forces, kept entering the mosque compound for several days, provoking angry Palestinian protests.
To which Israeli soldiers, as usual, responded with excessive use of force. It may be recalled that that back in 2000 the second Palestinian Intifada was triggered by the same issue when Ariel Sharon made a visit to al-Aqsa, repeating the phrase “the temple mount is in our hands.”
During the current month alone, as many as 42 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces for attacking Jews and seven Israelis killed by knife-wielding Palestinians. Yet the protest movement has no sign of abating, if anything it threatens to grow into a full-fledged intifada.
A distinctive feature of the protest movement is that neither Hamas nor Fatah is involved in it. Hence Netanyahu cannot point the finger at either of them. In order to cover up his attempts to change the status of Islam’s second holiest place he has resorted to a white lie. The Israeli premier has never had any qualms about lying or even backtracking on his own statements when it suits his purposes.
It may be recalled that during his election campaign earlier this year, Netanyahu had said he did not believe in a two-state solution – which he has consistently been demonstrating for the past several years. But after he was elected, in an apparent bid to fend off criticism from his Western friends, he changed tack to claim he is willing to discuss two-state solution.
Yet on the ground he continues with the settlement activity usurping more and more of the Palestinian lands to render impossible the coming into being of a viable Palestinian state. In so doing he is only prolonging the pain for both the Palestinians and his own people. There will be no peace and security unless and until the Palestine question is resolved in a fair and just manner.
Source: Business Recorder