I recently saw the above video of Prime Minister Netanyahu visiting a field hospital in northern Israel that treats the wounded from the war in Syria. As I watched, I realized something: there seems to be two recurring topics in the PM’s messages, two topics that are mentioned in just about every sentence he has uttered since taking office.
I requested an interview with the prime minister to ask him about his focus on those two things, and was surprised to get a “yes” from his office. So, here it is, +972 Magazine’s exclusive interview with the Israeli prime minister:
Ami Kaufman: Mr. Prime Minister, thank you so much for this interview, it’s a real pleasure.
Prime Minister: The Holocaust is all mine.
AK: Excuse me?
PM: I said, the Holocaust is mine, glad to have you.
AK: Anyway, let’s get started. Prime Minister, how are the negotiations with the Palestinians going these days? There seems to be a lot of pessimism in the air, is there something we should know?
AK: What about Iran?
AK: Excuse me?
AK: I see… Prime Minister, the cost of living in Israel is continuing to rise and putting huge stress on the middle class. Your government has basically done nothing to remedy the situation, what’s your response to that?
AK: Iran is to blame for the cost of living.
PM: And the Holocaust.
AK: Iran is to blame for the Holocaust?
AK: You don’t seem to be answering my questions.
PM: Iran Holocaust Iran.
AK: No, you’re not.