The Israeli government continues to struggle with a bill that would formally outlaw the use of the word “Nazi” or any other references to the Holocaust in anything not explicitly about history, an effort to stem its use in political debate.
The same issue is prominent in Israel’s foreign policy however, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscored it today, reacting with fury to an op-ed in a Palestinian newspaper which compared his policy of making Israel a “Jewish state” to Nazi-style racism.
Not that Nazi and Holocaust references only swing one way, as just one day prior Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day with a protracted speech about the “brutal” Palestinians and their Nazi-style plots to wipe out the Jews.
Indeed, Israeli officials commonly use Holocaust commemorations and events as a chance to rail against regional rivals, and have regularly compared literally every president Iran has had in the last several decades to Hitler.
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