Those not well versed in history can be excused for cheap Holocaust analogies, but what can one say when the leader of the Jewish state relies on this tactic?
Benjamin Netanyahu caused a storm this week when he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea for the Final Solution in 1941. Here’s what the official documentation reveals.
One would expect more judicious words from the son of an important historian.
It seems that for the prime minister, serving a fleeting political interest was worth the price of minimizing Adolf Hitler's determination to destroy Europe's Jews.
Prime minister rejects claims that his comments were similarly inflammatory to Abbas's; maintains that mufti called on Nazis to 'prevent Jews from fleeing Europe and support the Final Solution.'
U.S. has stressed publicly and privately the importance of both avoiding actions that could feed violence, senior U.S. official says.
The prime minister's controversial Holocaust comments became one of those cases where it was challenging to come up with humor more absurd than the situation itself.
'All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust,' German spokesperson says.
'Even a historian's son must be accurate about history,' says Zionist Union leader Herzog on Netanyahu's comments that the Mufti of Jerusalem was the one who convinced Hitler to exterminate the Jews.
Prime minister tells World Zionist Congress that Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews, but Jerusalem's Grand Mufti convinced him to exterminate them, a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars.