Middle East

The Desperation Behind Netanyahu's Holocaust Blunder

Ignoring Palestinians hasn't worked out well for Israel's prime minister.

Defiant, but wrong.

Photographer: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The latest round of violence in Israel was not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest problem this week, although it may yet spin out of control. Most of his week was devoted to damage control after he foolishly said it was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem during the Second World War and a father of Palestinian nationalism, who invented the idea of the Final Solution, in which the Nazis and their collaborators murdered 6 million Jews in Europe during the Holocaust.

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