For Defense Minister Benny Gantz, “the reprehensible and unfounded comparison between the Holocaust, which was carried out by the German Nazis in an attempt to exterminate the Jewish people, and the Israel Defense Forces, which ensured the rise of the Jewish people in their homeland (…) is Holocaust denial”.
Recent statements in Germany by the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbasin which he accused Israel of committing “Holocausts” against the Palestinians, has provoked the indignation of the israeli government this Wednesday, while the Palestinian side insists that Israel has to recognize “its crimes”.
“For Mahmoud Abbas to accuse Israel of having committed ’50 Holocausts’ while he is in german soil It is not only a moral disgrace, but a monstrous lie,” Israel’s acting prime minister wrote on Twitter. Yair Lapid. “Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, including one and a half million Jewish children. History will never forgive him,” he added.
For the Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz“the reprehensible and unfounded comparison between the Holocaust, which was carried out by the german nazis in an attempt to exterminate the Jewish people, and the Israel Defense Forces, which ensured the rise of the Jewish people in their homeland (…) is the denial of the Holocaust”.
However, Abbas has responded shortly after that with his statements “he did not intend to deny the uniqueness of the Holocaust”which he called the “most heinous crime in the modern history of mankind,” the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported.
The Palestinian leader only sought to underline “the crimes and massacres committed against the Palestinian people” since the creation of the State of Israelin 1948, and that “they have not ceased to this day”, has added the same source.
rummage in the past
Abbas made his controversial remarks on Tuesday during a press conference in Berlin, after a meeting with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, who has also been outraged by his words. The German chancellor has expressed his opposition to the use of the latter term, which he says he does not share and “is not correct to describe the situation”.
At the time, Scholz had no chance to reply to Abbas as the press conference ended immediately afterwards, but he later described him as “unacceptable” and, this Wednesday has reaffirmed its position. “I am deeply outraged by the unspeakable statements” of Abbas, “for us, the Germans in particular, any relativization of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable,” he wrote on Twitter.
“From 1947 to the present day, Israel has committed 50 massacres in 50 Palestinian towns,” Abbas said when asked if he would apologize for the Palestinian bombings. 1972 Munich Olympics, in which a Palestinian group killed 11 Israelis, adding: “50 Massacres, 50 Holocausts”. “If we want to continue digging into the past, let’s do it,” he declared, noting that the Israeli army kills Palestinians almost every day.
In addition, Abbas stated that the implementation by the Israeli authorities “of a single state and apartheid“, referring to the system of racial segregation in South Africa, does not contribute to the security and stability of Middle East.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has assured that “Israel’s acknowledgment of its crimes is the beginning of a real peace“. “The occupying power is not satisfied with committing these crimes on a daily and continuous basis, but also does not tolerate and reject any talk or statement that reminds the Israelis and the international community of the many crimes committed“, has indicated in a statement from the ministry, which has described Lapid’s reaction as “misleading”.
During his visit to Germany, Abbas called for a two-state solution, “asking the international community to put end Israeli aggression and recognize the State of Palestine and its full membership in the United Nations,” according to the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA.
He also said that in order to achieve a political horizon that end the occupationIsrael must refrain from “violating international law and signed agreements, stopping Israeli settlements, settler violence, assassinations, demolition of homes and facilities on occupied Palestinian land,” the same source added.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.