Skip to comments.Anti-Arab hopeful irks Israel's Netanyahu
Posted on 12/11/2008 2:58:49 PM PST by forkinsocket
A far-right Likud party member has become a thorn in the side of party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a frontrunner in the race to become Israel's prime minister, as media reprint comments he made praising the Nazi system and denigrating Arabs.
Moshe Feiglin, 46, had a strong chance of winning a parliamentary seat after gaining significant support within Likud, at a time when Netanyahu is seeking to soften the image of the right-wing opposition party.
But Likud's governing body on Thursday pushed Feiglin down to the 36th place on the election slate from the 20th slot following an appeal by a Netanyahu ally citing irregularities in Monday's party primary.
The support that Feiglin and other far right-wing Likud members won at a party election to name parliamentary candidates for February's legislative elections was a sharp blow for Netanyahu, a former prime minister.
To make matters worse for the party leader, the Israeli media has since highlighted comments Feiglin made in a 1995 interview with the Haaretz daily, in which he spoke highly of Hitler and disparagingly of Arabs.
An observant yarmulke-wearing Jew, Feiglin called the man responsible for the Holocaust "an unparalleled military genius."
"Hitler savoured good music. He would paint. This was no bunch of thugs. They merely used thugs and homosexuals," Feiglin was quoted as saying at the time.
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Hitler “an unparalleled military genius.”? Didn’t he go against the advice of his military brass to ill effect throughout the war?
Why are all the wrong people trying to soften their image?
Yeah, I’m not the biggest WWII buff, but I would say Hitler was more a political genius in that he was the glue that held all the other geniuses (military, economic, propaganda) together.
Early on, he made very bold military moves that proved successful, but it seems to me he got cocky and overextended himself instead of holding back and solidifying his gains.
Also, not reeling Japan in proved to be his demise.
Whatever the case, I don’t think the comments about Hitler’s “military genius” are damning for a Jew to say. You can say that someone is good AT WHAT THEY DO, without saying you agree with them. You can hate someone or what they stand for, but be astounded that they were able to pull it off in the first place.
Yeah—Russia was a huge success, wasn’t it?
Yes... I know my post is full of typos. LOL.