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  • The real problem with Netanyahu's mufti speech

    By calling the Palestinians Nazis, the Israeli prime minister was saying they can never be negotiated with — that Israel must fight them to the bloody end. Despite the festival of mockery taking place on social media, Benjamin Netanyahu clearly does not believe that Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini is more responsible than Hitler for the Holocaust. (Although that is exactly what the prime minister said in his speech at the World Zionist Conference on Tuesday.) Netanyahu is a smart guy who knows World War II history better than most of his critics. The idea that the mufti is responsible…

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  • Netanyahu and the Mufti memes, part deux

    From The Simpsons, to Seinfeld to Joe Biden, Israelis keep poking fun at their prime minister for his comments earlier this week, in which he seemingly absolving Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust. (See part one.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shocked a good part of the population of earth when he seemingly absolved Adolf Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust by saying the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, convinced him to initiate the Final Solution. This is what Netanyahu said in his speech to the World Zionist Congress on Monday: Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews…

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  • Settlement of Sheikh Jarrah not 'bad politics,' it's simply bad

    Jeffrey Goldberg believes that the Jewish settlement in Sheikh Jarrah is "not necessarily" in the best Jewish self-interest. Why not? Because peace is important, and without a Palestinian East Jerusalem, there will be no Palestinian state, and hence, no possibility of peace. Israel will either cease to be a Jewish state (through the absorption of Arabs), or it will cease to be democratic. "It will not survive if it becomes a pariah state, and, in this unfortunate world in which we must exist, Israel is in danger of becoming an outcast among nations." By Jerry Haber / Magnes Zionist For…

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