Special feature: How Republicans can help Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu graciously receives one of his many standing ovations from a joint session of Congress (minus 58 miscreants of the Democrat Party) earlier this year.
How Republicans can help Netanyahu
By Hadding Scott
On October 20th, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stirred major controversy by declaring before the 37th World Zionist Congress that Adolf Hitler never wanted to kill all the Jews of Europe, and that it was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who made him do it, because the Mufti did not want more Jews coming to Palestine.
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.” “So what should I do with them?” he asked. He said: “Burn them!”
Given the great esteem with which all Christian Zionists and Republicans, and especially Republican congressmen, regard the Israeli Prime Minister, this statement and the reaction to it must be a source of great concern.
It is disappointing, however, that I have not heard anyone on Republican-oriented talk-radio even mentioning Netanyahu's statement, much less defending it. In particular I cannot recall hearing Rush Limbaugh, normally a highly vocal admirer of Prime Minister Netanyahu, mention it at all.
I suppose that they are at a loss. I want to help the Republicans and the Christian Zionists by showing them how they can defend Netanyahu in this controversy – at least to some degree.
There are three points in Netanyahu's statement: (1) Hitler did not want to kill all the Jews in Europe; (2) Hitler intended to deport the Jews from Europe; (3) the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem forced Hitler to change his plan from mass-deportation to mass-murder.
Two out of three of those points can be validated!
After the National-Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, many Jews left the country. Then measures were taken against Jewish power in Germany. Jews were removed from positions of influence and deprived of citizenship, so that they had the status of resident aliens. Especially after Kristallnacht in November1938, Jews were encouraged to leave.
But where should they go?
Early Zionists contemplated various possible locations for a future Jewish homeland: they were not limited to Palestine. When however Uganda, which was much less populated with Blacks in 1903 than today, was offered by the British Empire to the Zionists, they rejected it. The view that ultimately prevailed among Zionists was that the Jews must make their homeland in Palestine.
For centuries there had not been many Jews living in Palestine, but under the influence of Zionism Jews began leaving Europe and settling there in the late 19th century.
Since Palestine was not an entirely unoccupied land, friction gradually developed between the immigrant Jews and the people who already lived there.
After the First World War, Palestine was taken away from Turkey and placed under British administration. Recognizing the problem of continually worsening ethnic friction, the British banned further Jewish immigration to Palestine in the late 1930s.
In February 1939, Alfred Rosenberg, the NSDAP's Commissioner for Ideological Education, suggested that the major colonial powers, Britain and France, should offer either British Guiana or Madagascar as a “reservation” for Jews. Dr. Rosenberg, like the British, was opposed to an independent Jewish state in Palestine, declaring:
“Palestine is too small to take all the Jews. A Zionist state as contemplated aims not at making a home for the Jews in Palestine, but at creating a Pan-Jewish center of power in the Near East.” [AP, 7 February 1939]
Rosenberg was clearly supporting Jewish emigration. The press treated Rosenberg's proposal as worthy of consideration:
Room would be made for 12,000,000 to 15,000,000 Jews under the Rosenberg plan which he advanced to diplomats with the assertion Germany was still determined to get rid of every Jew.
“The entire problem narrows down to these two territories,” Rosenberg declared in an exposition of the most specific proposal yet advanced by a high Nazi official. (Britain previously had under consideration the possibility that Guiana might be a home for German refugees but no definite action was taken.) [AP, 9 February 1939]
The total defeat of France in June 1940 was used by the German government to make Madagascar (at that time a French colony) available as a Jewish homeland. Only a few days after the French surrender, Franz Rademacher, head of the German Foreign Office's Jewish Department, declared the following in a memo:
In the Peace Treaty France must make the island of Madagascar available for the solution of the Jewish question, and to resettle and compensate the approximately 25,000 French citizens living there. The island will be transferred to Germany under a mandate. [F. Rademacher, memo of 3 July 1940, Jewish Virtual Library]
Such a treaty, although contemplated, was never signed, perhaps postponed until cessation of hostilities with Britain.
The prospect of deporting Jews to Madagascar began to fade when the United States entered the war in late 1941. After Britain occupied the French colony of Madagascar in May of 1942 on the ridiculous premise that they were protecting it from the Japanese, it became impractical to send Jews to that island, at least for the time being.
The famous “Luther Memorandum” of 21 August 1942, from Germany's Assistant Foreign Minister, Martin Luther, narrates the history of National-Socialist Germany's policy of Jewish emigration – first from Germany to anywhere outside of Germany, then, after the fall of France, from Europe to Madagascar, and finally to “the East”:
The principle of the German Jewish policy after the seizure of power consisted in promoting with all means the Jewish emigration. For this purpose in 1939 Marshal General Goering in his capacity as Commissioner for the Four Year Plan established a Reich Control Office for the Jewish emigration....
The present war gives Germany the opportunity and also the duty of solving the Jewish problem in Europe. In consideration of the favorable course of the war against France, D III proposed in July, 1940, as a solution: the removal of all Jews from Europe and the demanding of the Island of Madagascar from France as a territory for the reception of the Jews.
The fact that the Fuehrer intends to evacuate all Jews from Europe was communicated to us as early as August 1940 by Ambassador Abetz after an interview with the Fuehrer (compare D III 2298)
In the [Wannsee] conference [of 20 January 1942] Gruppenfuehrer Heydrich explained ... that the Fuehrer instead of emigration has now authorized the evacuation of the Jews to the East as the solution (compare page 5 of the attachment to D III 29/42 Secret). [Translation of Document No. ND-2586-(J)]
The Jewish Holocaust is supposed to have begun in late 1941 or early 1942, but as late as 24 July 1942 Hitler himself has been noted as favoring emigration as the solution for the Jews:
“Nach Beendigung des Krieges werde er [Europa] sich rigoros auf den Standpunkt stellen, dass er Stadt für Stadt zusammenschlage, wenn nicht die Drecksjuden rauskämen und nach Madagaskar oder einem sonstigen jüdischen Nationalstaat abwanderten.” [quoted e.g. by Heinrich Haertle, Freispruch für Deutschland (1965), p. 167]
“After the conclusion of the war let Europe take a rigorous stand on the position that city after city will be smashed if the cruddy Jews don't come out and emigrate to Madagascar or some other Jewish nation-state.”
The fact that Hitler made such a statement is widely acknowledged, for example by Heinz Peter Longerich, who dismisses its significance as follows:
In fact, the plan to deport Jews to Madagascar (occupied by British troops in May), had been officially abandoned in February 1942; according to the files of the Foreign Office, it was Hitler who had taken this decision. The fact that Hitler referred in the same statement to the fact that Lithuania had been made "free of Jews" (in fact the vast majority had been murdered, only those forced to work for the Germans had been spared) gives us a clear idea what the term "emigrate" represented.[Heinz Peter Longerich, Hitler's Role in the Persecution of the Jews by the Nazi Regime(electronic version)]
Obviously the point that Hitler had by that time, due to circumstances, abandoned the specific plan of sending Jews to Madagascar does not constitute a disproof of Hitler's general intention to see the Jews emigrate, since he did also say: “or some other Jewish nation-state.” That was most likely a self-correction after having said “Madagascar” from force of habit.
As for the interpretation of emigrate as a codeword for murder, that is typical of Holocaust-scholarship. The "Wannsee Protocol" and several other of what are supposed to be major documents for the Jewish Holocaust only support the Jewish narrative when interpreted through the presumption that some of the words mean something more or something other than their lexicographic meanings.
We can side with Netanyahu here. When Hitler said emigrate, he meant emigrate.
(Faced with the problem of why Hitler was still talking about emigration in July 1942 when, as we are all compelled to believe, the great Holocaust of the Jews had begun no less than six months earlier, we may take refuge in the solution that David Irving has espoused with only a brief interruption since the late 1970s: Hitler didn’t know!)
Like Copernicus contemplating the convoluted Ptolemaic universe with its epicycles, Binyamin Netanyahu, contemplating the theory of codewords, has found a simpler explanation: there are no codewords; what those documents said is what they meant!
It is the bold and earnest man who gets at the truth. It seems that Binyamin Netanyahu has always had that knack for zeroing in on truths that should be obvious but somehow escape general notice, as for example when he declared in April 2008 that the 9-11 attacks were good for Israel.
The difficulty that remains, however, is to explain how a relatively minor figure like the Mufti could have forced Hitler to do anything, and also why Hitler did not simply tell the Mufti that the plan at that time (November 1941) was not to send the Jews to Palestine but to Madagascar (and why, after the Mufti made Hitler kill Jews instead of deporting them, Hitler did not know about it). These problems will remain for future great minds to untangle.
But for now, Republicans should not be afraid to raise their voices to say, in regard to at least two out of three points: Netanyahu is right!