Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at AIPAC 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s political foes chastised him on Tuesday for
comparing Israel’s current situation to that of European Jews ahead of World War
II, in his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
In his speech, Netanyahu displayed copies of letters
exchanged between the World Jewish Congress and the US War Department at the
height of the Holocaust in 1944, which implored the US government to bomb
He said the current situation was different because Israel
exists and has the American government’s support.
“I don’t like his
repeated comparisons with the Holocaust,” opposition leader Tzipi Livni said.
“Israel is not Auschwitz.”
Livni’s competition in the Kadima leadership
contest, MK Shaul Mofaz, warned Netanyahu that “Israel is not a ghetto” and that
it is dangerous to make Israel into what the Torah calls “a nation that dwells
Meretz leader Zehava Gal- On said that as the daughter of
Holocaust survivors, she was angered by Netanyahu’s
“Sometimes it seems the only history books Netanyahu has are
about World War II. Israel is not about to be destroyed, not every enemy is
Hitler and not every problem is Auschwitz.”
“With his crazy analogies,
the prime minister is diverting attention from Iran to his fear-mongering,”