The following is via OnlySimchas.com:
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells World Zionist Congress that Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews, but Haj Amin al-Husseini convinced him to exterminate them, a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Wednesday he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler’s mind.
The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them.
In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here (to Palestine).’
According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: “What should I do with them?” and the mufti replied: “Burn them.”
“All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said when asked about Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks. “This is taught in German schools for good reason, it must never be forgotten. And I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”
Netanyahu clarified his claim before leaving for Berlin for a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Hitler is responsible for killing six million Jews in the Holocaust, and Haj Amin al-Husseini encouraged him and also wanted to see the Jews dead,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu said he did not intend to absolve Hitler of his crimes.
He said, “Hitler is responsible for the Final Solution. But by the same token it is absurd to ignore the role played by the mufti in encouraging Hitler and his henchmen to murder the Jews.”
“There is abundant proof of this,” he said, including testimony by Adolf Eichman’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials held after the war.
Watch Netanyahu speaking to the World Jewish Congress here: