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Netanyahu Backs Off: Palestinian Cleric Didn't Tell Hitler to Kill Jews

Netanyahu Backs Off: Palestinian Cleric Didn't Tell Hitler to Kill Jews

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:27 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retracted his controversial assertion that it was revered Palestinian cleric Haj Amin al-Husseini who gave Hitler the idea of exterminating Europe’s Jews during World War II.

In a Facebook post,  Netanyahu said he never meant to "absolve [Adolf] Hitler of his responsibility for the Holocaust," the Israel newspaper Haaretz first reported.

"Contrary to the impression that was created, I did not mean to claim that in his conversation with Hitler in November 1941 the Mufti convinced him to adopt the Final Solution," he writes. "The Nazis decided on that by themselves."

The prime minister triggered a storm of controversy on Oct. 20 when he claimed that al-Husseini was the one who planted the idea of killing Europe's Jews in Hitler's mind. Hitler, Netanyahu claimed, had only been considering expelling the Jews, not annihilating them.

 In a speech to the World Zionist Congress, he recounted the meeting, saying: "Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time — he wanted to expel the Jews," and then quoted al-Husseini replying: "If you expel them, they’ll all come here," referring to Palestine.

Then Netanyahu said Hitler asked: "So what should I do with them?" to which al-Husseini responded: "Burn them," according to Netanyahu.

But on his Friday Facebook post, Netanyahu declares "Hitler and the Nazi leadership are responsible for the murder of six million Jews. The decision to move from a policy of deporting Jews to the Final Solution was made by the Nazis and was not dependent on outside influence."

The New York Times reports an unnamed senior Israeli official said Netanyahu issued the new remarks to "set the record straight."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retracted his controversial assertion that it was revered Palestinian cleric Haj Amin al-Husseini who gave Hitler the idea of exterminating Europe's Jews during World War II. In a Facebook post, Netanyahu said he never meant to...
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