Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor is in a historic visit to Israel. Her visit is in many terms historical. She will be the first German Chancellor to address the Israeli Knesset in a speech today. This speech has created a huge debate in Israel as many Israelis are still uncomfortable with the idea of a German Chancellor addressing the Knesset. Germany is after all the country that has produced to the world the likes of Hitler and the memory of the terrible atrocities he has done are still very much alive in the world’s memory and especially in the memories of the Jewish people. As David Hazony writes at Contentions: “And yet, one cannot really blame those few members of Knesset who have threatened to walk out in protest. There are certain things that neither time nor reason overcome. Nothing can ever make up for the Holocaust. The Jews are a people of exceptionally long memory, and we should be more surprised by the Knesset’s willingness to host Merkel than by the few who oppose the visit.”
Hazony goes on in analyzing the benefits of the visit and of closer Israeli German relations. He argues that “Israel should embrace the friendship Germany has offered, while at the same time continuing to study the Holocaust, hunt down the remaining Nazi criminals, and bring foreign dignitaries to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, to reinforce the lessons of what humanity is capable of.”
The visit however had a different reading in the Arab press. That the visit would be attacked by Arab journalists is no surprise, but today Al Ahram really took this too far. Al Ahram ran a story on the visit with the following headline “Merkel submits to Blackmail and admits her country’s responsibility for the Holocaust”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is of course laughable to try to mention to Al Ahram that Germany has admitted its responsibility before, but the headline raises more serious questions.
Is asking for Germany to admit its crime a Blackmail?
More importantly if Al Ahram thinks that Germany should not submit to such blackmail and admit its responsibility for the Holocaust, WHO SHOULD?
Was it perhaps the Americans who planned and executed the Holocaust? America is to be blamed for everything after all.
Or did the Jews execute and gas themselves?
Oh how could I forget, the Holocaust never took place. It is a myth and a propaganda by the Elders of Zion and a conspiracy.