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May 6, 2016 9:34 am

IDF General’s ‘Nazi Germany’ Comparison Draws Ire in Israeli Government

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IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan compared modern-day Israeli society to Nazi Germany. Photo: Wikipedia.

IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan compared modern-day Israeli society to Nazi Germany. Photo: Wikipedia.

JNS.org – On Yom HaShoah in Israel on Thursday the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan drew criticism from government leaders, who demanded that he clarify remarks he gave in a speech at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony a day earlier comparing modern-day Israeli society to Nazi Germany.

“If there’s something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it’s the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016,” Golan said in the Wednesday speech. “There is nothing easier than hating the other. There is nothing easier than raising fears and sowing terror. There is nothing easier than becoming callous, morally corrupt and hypocritical,” he said.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Israel’s Channel 10 that he was “confused” and that his remarks “attest mainly to a lack of understanding, ignorance, and a cheapening of the Holocaust.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who was in the audience during Golan’s speech, called on Golan to clarify his words before “God forbid, our troops are likened to Nazis, with a kosher stamp from on high.”

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Golan then released a statement on Thursday saying it is an “absurd and baseless comparison and I had no intention whatsoever to draw any sort of parallel or to criticize the national leadership. The IDF is a moral army that respects the rules of engagement and protects human dignity.”

“That is fitting. He made a mistake, he corrected it,” Bennett later wrote on his Twitter feed. “This is not the time for in-fighting. Let’s respect this day and be together.”

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  • Rabbi dr Katherine Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler

    This notion of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is not only the rabblings of a nincompoop. In fact the scent of such statement is like Urine unto my nose. I am nervous and seething with anger.

  • Rabbi dr Katherine Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler

    This notion of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is not only the rabblings of a nincompoop. In fact the scent of such statements is like Urine in unto my nose. I am nerious and seething with anger.

  • Andrew

    He should be relived of duty.

  • Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan grows up in Israel under a sun witch never did reach Nazi Germany beer boredom culture location in 1930. The 2WW was a Nazi war picnic ravaging defenseless countries until they went bust, not only physically but mentally, been confronted with their own minds image in Soviet Union solders souls, the reason one of Hitler top army commander Marshal Paulus didn’t commit suicide when been taken by Soviet solders. How can Yair Golan speak non – scenes not been aware of that Jews are individuals by culture heritage which Nazi Germany never was! It is not surprising me that Yair Golan event did take place. Nazi Germany did go bust and yet Germany does exist. If Israel goes bust militarily, what do you think will happen? Yair Golan lost his mind been bored from life. He needs to take a holiday traveling to Europe meeting some Nazis. Do it! Neo Nazis does hates them self as Yair Golan does! Nazi Germany solder were thought to kill all Jews, not leaving one single Jew, because Nazis feared Jews will take revenge, Jews didn’t take revenge! The press on Israel is planned by neo – Nazis which are not Germans, but Scandinavians and many thousand other people worldwide who were recruited into becoming hided neo – Nazis, which Yair Golan is not aware of, is the reason he does speak none – sense.

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