WHITE HOUSE CONDEMNS NETANYAHU’S “INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC”
by Arutz Sheva Staff
The White House condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for “inflammatory rhetoric” after he said that a celebrated early Palestinian Arab leader played a central role in instigating the Holocaust.
Netanyahu suggested Hitler was not planning to exterminate the Jews until he met Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941.
Responding sharply to the controversial claim, since doubled down on by Netanyahu, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said, “I don’t think there’s any doubt here at the White House who is responsible for the Holocaust that killed six million Jews.”
“We here continue to stress publicly and privately…the importance of preventing inflammatory rhetoric, accusations or actions on both sides (that) can feed the violence.”
“We believe that inflammatory rhetoric needs to stop,” said Schultz, without commenting on the open incitement to murder by the Palestinian Authority.
While Netanyahu was widely criticized for his statement, Middle East Forum scholar Dr. Wolfgang Schwanitz gave him historical backing.
“It is a historical fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem al-Hajj Amin al-Husseini was an accomplice whose collaboration with Adolf Hitler played an important role in the Holocaust,” Schwanitz stated. “He was the foremost extra-European adviser in the process to destroy the Jews of Europe.”
In defending his own remarks, Netanyahu quoted the testimony of Adolf Eichmann’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials after World War II, who said: “The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question.”
JOHN KERRY’S FANTASY WORLD
by Ron Jager (Arutz Sheva News
In the Middle East, it takes even longer for “political dust” to settle. For Secretary Kerry alas, understanding the consequences seems to be beyond his capacity. His lack of comprehension concerning the changes that have transformed the Middle East and linking the current terror wave afflicting all of Israel to “settlements” only further empowers Palestinian Arab terror.
A “massive increase in settlements” built by Israel in recent years has led to the “frustration” and “violence” now stoking its decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, US Secretary of State John Kerry said at Harvard University during a recent question-and-answer session, “and there’s an increase in the violence because there’s this frustration that’s growing”. So the commonsense conclusion of this kind of reasoning and logic is that Palestinian Arabs who are carrying out the terror attacks against Jews over the past two weeks should be portrayed as victims who are presumably being driven to desperate measures by Israeli policies and should not be held accountable or responsible for incitement and the terror that follows.
Kerry’s myopic depiction of what is transpiring in Israel fits like a glove with the efforts of the Palestinian Arab and Islamic Movement leadership to spin tales about every single stymied Palestinian Arab terrorist in recent days – whether the terrorist was killed to halt the killing spree, or disabled in the act.
Self-defense is defined as the inalienable right of an individual or a group to fight back when there is an imminent threat of bodily harm to oneself and likewise to others nearby while the threat is ongoing – especially in the case of an obvious deadly threat. This right is enshrined in law almost universally. It is born of an instinct to preserve and protect life. But in the eyes of Secretary Kerry and all too many Arabs – especially in the Palestinian Authority and among Israeli Arabs who belong to the Islamic Movement, what is an elementary natural premise everywhere does not apply to Jews nor to Israel.
The glaring hypocrisy of Secretary Kerry’s unfounded assertion of linking “settlements” and terror throughout all of Israel confers upon Palestinian Arabs the right to extract vengeance even long after the original pretext- be it true or false.
This is the most infuriating aspect of Secretary Kerry’s thinking in response to the current terror wave and Palestinian Arab homicidal attacks on Israeli civilians including children. This denial for Israelis of the right of self-defense empowers internet brainwashed Palestinian Arabs to continue and stalk Jews innocently going about their daily chores throughout many of Israel’s main cities.
Secretary Kerry clearly isn’t interested in listening to what’s being written and said in the Palestinian Arab media or even on social media. There the message is clear. The drive to kill Jews on the streets or wherever they can be found is rooted in incitement based on Islamic extremism. The current wave of terror isn’t about “settlements”, borders, or a desire for a two-state solution.
This is all about Islamic hatred, intolerance, religious bigotry, lack of human civilized decency, inability to be neighborly, instigation of young clueless uneducated people based on LIES (and historical revisionism), and a general culture of death. The barbaric killing spree over the past weeks all stems from a religious and historical Islamic intolerance for Israel and the Jews of Palestine prior to 1948 who have had to put up with this over the past 120 years.
Secretary Kerry incomprehension and inability to hold Palestinian Arab terrorists accountable for their murderous behaviour, and instead blame their Jewish victims, personifies more than anything else the self-imposed preference to live in a fantasy world in which enough pressure on Israel will solve the problems in the Middle East.