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Judenrein! Israel adopts Nazi term to back settlers
Dan Williams – Reuters July 9, 2009
Hosting the German foreign minister this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used an especially tainted term to condemn the Palestinian demand that Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank be removed.
"Judea and Samaria cannot be Judenrein," a Netanyahu confidant quoted him as telling Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Asked how Germany's top diplomat responded to hearing the Nazi Holocaust term for areas "cleansed of Jews," the confidant said, "What could he do? He basically just nodded."
Protocol might have indicated that a representative of the country that carried out the World War Two genocide, and which has since made much effort to atone, be spared such invocations.
But these are not normal times for the right-wing Netanyahu coalition. It faces unprecedented U.S. pressure to make way for a Palestinian state on West Bank land that many Jews call Judea and Samaria and consider their eternal, biblical birthright.
Hence the jaw-dropper defiance of "Judenrein," which the confidant said Netanyahu had encouraged cabinet colleagues to deploy in their defense of the settlements and of Israel's insistence that Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state.
Briefing foreign reporters last week, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, a stalwart of Netanyahu's Likud party, urged them to ask whether "Palestinians would accept that Jews will live among them, or whether it is going to be totally not allowed."
"'Judenrein' is the term that was once used in other countries," Meridor said darkly, in remarks echoed the next day by another Likud minister who briefed journalists and diplomats.
Some diplomats have quietly questioned the propriety of applying such comparisons to a Middle East conflict which is a unique mix of race and religion, conquest and coexistence.
German officials made no comment on the terminology.
The Palestinians, for their part, see a rhetorical ruse by an Israeli leadership which has shown little appetite for entering negotiations on a two-state peace accord.
If I get called a slut, I call the other person a skank, regardless of whether or not I am a slut
Originally posted by groingrinder
Let me see if I have this straight.
Israel wants to build a wall around itself to keep out all the Palestinians. But they also want to have communities of Israelis living in the Palestinian land.
If Palestinian lands cannot be free of Jews, then why do Israeli lands have to be free of Palestinians?
THE NAZIS HAVE TAUGHT THE JEWS WELL. I wonder when they will start building gas chambers and crematoriums to settle the "Palestinian problem"?
Originally posted by masonwatcher
reply to post by Regensturm
While most believe that all wars emanate from Israel, the fail to see that the dominate influence is the US and Israel serves as a proxy and whipping boy.