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    • michael cohen
    • 03.06.13 | 13:52 (IDT)

    The cynical resurrection of the Holocaust by our politicians on every possible occasion is crass emotional blackmail, that only belittles the unique historical of the Holocaust. Begin's introduction of this habit might be explained by his tormented post-traumatic mind. But the repeated exploitation of the Holocaust by our politicians is inexcusable. Mainly because it negates the historical fact that the Holocaust was unique. I am not undet-estimating the threats posed by Iran (although I believe that Iran should be and is more afraid of Israel, than vice-versa) But Israel today, with its advanced, high-tech armed forces, is NOT in anything like the same position that 15 million Jewish civilians found themselves in Europe before World War Two. And Iran is not the equivalent of Nazi Germany - Iran might or might not attack Israel with rockets - but we are not threatened by Iranian concentration and death camps, capable of gassing and incinerating 10-12,000 people each day. The cynical misuse of the Holocaust does nothing to mobilize more sympathy for us in the world (the Great Powers never lifted a finger to save the Jews during World War Two, although they knew much more about the Holocaust, at a much earlier stage, than historians have previously believed). The political misuse of the Holocaust serves only to degrade its historical significance, and to generate hysterical fears in far too many Israelis. But what do historical facts matter to our politicians? They have their own agenda.

    from the article: The short history of the future Holocaust
    First published 06:02 03.06.13 | Last updated 06:02 03.06.13
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