Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked an uproar for suggesting that a Palestinian gave Adolf Hitler the idea to exterminate 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, NBC News reported.
In a speech to Jewish leaders on Tuesday, Netanyahu said that the Mufti of Jerusalem in the World War II era — Haj Amin al-Husseini — had a "central role" in having Hitler adopt the Final Solution.
"He flew to Berlin. Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said. According to Netanyahu, Hitler asked the mufti what he should do. "He said, 'Burn them,'" Netanyahu said.
Contained within a broader speech alleging Palestinian incitement and against the bloody backdrop of recent violence against Israelis, Tuesday's remarks hit a fresh nerve. Politicians and historians condemned the comments. Chief historian of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Dina Porat, told NBC News that Netanyahu's claims were simply "not correct."