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Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is getting a lot of pushback for his incendiary comment that President Obama’s Iran deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee’s phrasing was surely over the top, but he was only echoing what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been saying, for years. What’s the difference between what Huckabee said and Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”? Not that much. Maybe the outraged politicians and press should be pointing a finger at the Israeli Prime Minister.

Here are four of Netanyahu’s Iran=Nazis statements in recent years.

November 2006:

Drawing a direct analogy between Iran and Nazi Germany, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu asserted Monday that the Iranian nuclear program posed a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire western world. There was “still time,” however, to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, he said.

“It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” Netanyahu told delegates to the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly, repeating the line several times, like a chorus, during his address. “Believe him and stop him,” the opposition leader said of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “This is what we must do. Everything else pales before this.”

While the Iranian president “denies the Holocaust,” Netanyahu said, “he is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state.”

In 2012, Netanyahu said that the west’s failure to attack Iran was comparable to the U.S. government’s refusal to bomb the railways leading to Auschwitz in 1944:

“I will never allow my people to live in the shadow of annihilation”

In March 2015, Netanyahu spoke to Congress and compared Iran to the Nazis plotting the Holocaust:

My friend, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, “never again.”

And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.

But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.

In April, Netanyahu repeated the analogy on Holocaust memorial day in Israel:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to the Nazis on Wednesday and warned the Islamic Republic must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu linked the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews in World War II to Iran’s contested nuclear program and some of the Islamic Republic leaders’ repeated references to the destruction of Israel.

“As the Nazis strived to trample civilization and replace it with a ‘master race’ while destroying the Jewish people, so is Iran striving to take over the region and expand further with a declared goal of destroying the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said.

Is it really any wonder that Huckabee is saying what he’s saying? This is how propaganda works. Others are susceptible to the same rhetoric. Steve Emerson said the other day that Iran was “assuredly” planning a Holocaust in Israel and the United States, so we needed to “take out” the country. Sarah Palin said the same thing five years ago: “Iran’s leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and with nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, the mullahs would be in a position to launch a Second Holocaust.” And South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Iran deal is a possible “death sentence” for Israel.

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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    July 28, 2015, 2:56 pm

    Keep talking, Bibi! The more you screech your incomprehensible rants like the smelly drunk at the back of the bus, the more you make it certain that the Iran deal is going through.

    That’s all, Bibi!

    http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb22m3YOSZ1r4fn52o1_500.jpg

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2015, 4:12 pm

      That was the great cartoon I mentioned sometime ago, and some member here wanted that link.
      Thank you for posting it. The cartoon bomb certainly backfired on his face.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        July 28, 2015, 4:54 pm

        For himself, Netanyahu is the one man standing between the Jewish people and another holocaust.

        To everyone else, he’s just some nutter with a cartoon bomb and a dodgy combover.

      • Kay24
        July 28, 2015, 9:38 pm

        MDM, he is a nutter alright. He is supposed to be a shrewd individual, so I doubt he believes his own lies, and simply keeps the “we are under existential threat” narrative going there, so that he can win elections and show his people that ONLY he can save them. They constantly have to keep reminding each other that the world is out to get them, and they are unable to ask themselves if their actions are provoking such a response.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      July 29, 2015, 11:57 am

      The “oven” comment is an outrage to the memory of the final solution and the millions who were exterminated. To use this form of domestic terrorism in order to frighten Jews into submission , to vote against their interests as Iran continues to be demonized is a radical human failure of a deeply corrupt government. Israel can never be a Jewish State for it’s Zionist leaders are no longer a democracy and are morally blind.

  2. lysias
    July 28, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”

    Project much? It is indeed possible to think it is now 1938. It’s just that it’s not Iran that is playing the role of Germany.

    • a blah chick
      July 28, 2015, 3:25 pm

      Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”

      Thinking about the rhetoric coming out of the mouths of Israeli leaders regarding their Palestinian citizens they sound a lot more like Nazi Germany in the thirties than Iran ever has.

  3. Citizen
    July 28, 2015, 3:13 pm

    Huckabee’s rhetoric has been discussed all day on US cable TV shows, from the lefty MSNBC to the right’s Fox news; yet nobody mentioned that Huckabee was just mirroring Netanyahu–discussion is solely about Huckabee’s rhetoric being “over the top” or not. They chat about which GOP POTUS contenders say it’s ok, which say not.

    Really depressing.

    • ckg
      July 28, 2015, 3:37 pm

      One person who has noted Netanyahu’s similar rhetoric is Joshua Keating at Slate:

      But to be fair to Huckabee, it’s not hard to see why he felt the comparison was within the bounds of acceptable discourse, given previous statements by Israeli leaders. After the Obama administration presented a “framework agreement” for a land swap deal with the Palestinians in 2014, deputy foreign minister Zeev Elkin rejected Israel’s 1967 borders as “Auschwitz borders.” Netanyahu compared Iran to the Nazis in a speech at Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in April, asking whether the world had learned nothing from the “incomprehensible universal and Jewish tragedy” of the last century.

      http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/07/28/no_wonder_mike_huckabee_felt_comfortable_making_that_holocaust_remark.html

    • JWalters
      July 28, 2015, 8:24 pm

      This flock of birdbrain Netanyahu parrots are obviously in it for the money. Huckabee is selling out peace for silver.

      • SamT
        July 29, 2015, 12:08 am

        Please be more careful with facts. Birds have been shown to have fantastic brains! Being able to count and communicate complicated new information excludes the PM immediately.

      • JWalters
        July 29, 2015, 7:11 pm

        Point taken. My apologies to birds.

  4. David Doppler
    July 28, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Talk about your symbol-minded.

    And where’s the ADL on this misappropriation of Holocaust imagery? Oh, yeah, here: http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/holocaust-nazis/adl-sharply-criticizes-huckabee-comment-7-26-15.html#.VbfUfLe3wcM, and meet Abe Foxman’s replacement, Jonathan Greenblatt.

    • just
      July 28, 2015, 3:53 pm

      Kay24 linked to a Huffpo story that was about Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticizing Huckabee for his comments, and now you’ve informed me that the ADL has too. So I guess it’s only ok to use these terrible and wrong analogies if you’re Jewish…

      I think this is it:

      ” Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called on Huckabee to apologize on Sunday.

      “This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable,” the Florida congresswoman said in a statement. “Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.””

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-huckabee-iran-oven_55b4f0a2e4b0224d88328498?utm_hp_ref=politics

    • ckg
      July 28, 2015, 4:12 pm

      When Netanyahu gave his 2011 speech to congress, he received a standing ovation for a Holocaust reference in the specific context of Iran’s nuclear program: “When we say ‘never again,’ we mean never again.” DNC chair Wasserman Schultz led the cheerleading for the Democratic lawmakers.

      • just
        July 28, 2015, 4:15 pm

        She surely did! She was so enraptured that she couldn’t sit still.

  5. German Lefty
    July 28, 2015, 4:23 pm

    “Huckabee’s phrasing was surely over the top, but he was only echoing what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been saying, for years. What’s the difference between what Huckabee said and Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”? Not that much. Maybe the outraged politicians and press should be pointing a finger at the Israeli Prime Minister.”

    My thoughts exactly!

    By the way, the Maccabi Games just started in Berlin.

  6. Kay24
    July 28, 2015, 4:43 pm

    It seems Netanyahu received a letter from Diane Feinstein:

    “Senator Feinstein urges Netanyahu not to demolish Palestinian village
    Uprooting Sussia’s residents would further isolate Israel, increase tensions with Palestinians and provoke unnecessary violence, Democrat writes in letter to the prime minister.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to stop Israel’s efforts to raze the Palestinian village of Sussia in the West Bank, saying that uprooting the village’s residents would further isolate Israel, increase tensions with the Palestinians and provoke unnecessary violence.

    “Demolishing Palestinian homes, displacing residents, and seizing additional Palestinian territory in the West Bank is a step away from peace. To preserve land for a future Palestinian state, your government must not destroy Susiya [sic],” the senator wrote in a letter.

    Feinstein gave a detailed account of Sussia’s history and legal battle facing the Civil Administration, noting that the village has existed at least since the 1830s. The Civil Administration should reconsider the village’s petition for a master plan “so that the area’s Palestinian villagers can live in peace and with legal certainty,” Feinstein wrote.”

    Let’s see…the UN, EU, US, and others have condemned the plans to demolish Susiya, and it will be left to be seen if the zionists will go through with their arrogant plans, despite the fact that the land is privately owned by Palestinians. These zionists have no limits to their greed.

    • JWalters
      July 28, 2015, 8:31 pm

      Thanks for this great news! Looks like some big timbers are being put in place. I suspect Feinstein may have done some deep thinking after her intelligence committee was hacked by the CIA. Who could plausibly have been behind that?

      • Kay24
        July 29, 2015, 6:40 am

        Aw, you are not suggesting it is that dear, innocent nation, in the ME, the only true “democracy” and our precious ally?

      • JWalters
        July 29, 2015, 7:13 pm

        Well, now that I really think about it, I can’t think of a single plausible alternative. Especially considering the information being targeted. Probably not Russia.

      • Kay24
        July 30, 2015, 5:25 am

        You are right, that sneaky nation is always one of the top suspects! Where there is trouble it usually has it’s fingerprints somewhere.

  7. JLewisDickerson
    July 28, 2015, 6:01 pm

    RE: “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” Netanyahu told delegates to the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly, repeating the line several times, like a chorus, during his address. “Believe him and stop him,” the opposition leader [i.e.,Netanyahu] said of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    MY COMMENT: Benyamin Netanyahu and Haim Saban are truly “birds of a feather”! ! !*

    * SEE: “Haim Saban”, by Matthew Yglesias, The Atlantic, June 10, 2007

    [EXCERPT] If you’re interested in the foreign policy views of major Hillary Clinton financial backer Haim Saban, there’s no need to follow the Atrios path of attempting guilt by association with Kenneth Pollack. He [Saban] discussed his views on the Middle East and Persian Gulf region in great detail in a reasonably recent interview with ‘Haaretz’:

    “When I see Ahmadinejad, I see Hitler. They speak the same language. His motivation is also clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal. And for a religious person of deep self-persuasion, that supreme goal is worth the liquidation of five and a half million Jews. We cannot allow ourselves that. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious leadership that is convinced that the annihilation of Israel will bring about the emergence of a new Muslim caliphate? Israel cannot allow that. This is no game. It’s truly an existential danger.” . . .

    . . . Saban was the largest overall contributor to the Democratic National Committee during the 2001-2002 cycle, when the party leadership was backing the Iraq War and Terry McAuliffe was DNC chair, and if Clinton becomes president, they’ll be back in the positions of influence they enjoyed back then. I doubt this all means that Hillary Clinton’s secretly itching for war with Iran, but it’s yet another illustration of the fact that her views on national security policy are too neoconnish for my tastes.

    SOURCE – http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2007/06/haim-saban/40714/

    • JLewisDickerson
      July 28, 2015, 6:05 pm

      P.S. RE: Benyamin Netanyahu and Haim Saban are truly “birds of a feather”! ! !
      “Birds of a Feather” – The Rosenbergs

  8. just
    July 28, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Really interesting article by Chemi Shalev:

    “10 comments on Mike Huckabee and the purveyors of Jewish hate-porn

    Israel will overcome the Iranian threat – but the American Jewish community could succumb to right wing Inquisitors who aim to tear it apart.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.668313

    • yourstruly
      July 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Should Israel and its U.S. Israel-Firster supporters succeed in bringing on a U.S.-backed war against Iran, once the body bags start coming home, anti-Semites will experience no difficulty in convincing an understandably angry public that’s out looking for scapegoats that Jews are to blame for this latest ill-begotten war. Not a difficult sell, either, considering the fact that Israel claims that it speaks for all Jews.

      The potential for a repeat of that horrific past?

      Damn right!

      Unless?

      Jewish-Americans rise up en mass and declare “Never Again” and “Not In Our Name.”

      • catalan
        July 28, 2015, 8:01 pm

        “The potential for a repeat of that horrific past?
        Damn right!
        Unless?
        Jewish-Americans rise up en mass and declare “Never Again” and “Not In Our Name”
        So unless all Jews have your opinion on politics, you are threatening us with murder. One question – who is a Jew? Are you defining it in a religious or racial kind of way?
        Just FYI I am not scared. I have learned that Internet bullies are harmless.

      • yourstruly
        July 28, 2015, 11:44 pm

        Not a threat, merely a prediction.

      • yourstruly
        July 29, 2015, 1:00 am

        In the popular uprising against making war on Iran, a strong Jewish-American presence will facilitate the participation of the 98% of the public that’s non-Jewish, some of whom otherwise might hold back for fear of being tarred with the anti-Semitic “brush” by Israel-Firster Americans. Except in said uprising a significant presence of Jewish-Americans has to strengthen the resolve of all participants – “When there are so many Jews marching alongside me, what’s this about any of us being anti-Semitic?”

      • eljay
        July 29, 2015, 7:32 am

        || catalan: So unless all Jews have your opinion on politics, you are threatening us with murder. … ||

        Zio-supremacists have done and continue to do their best to conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel; to insist that Israel is the only true homeland of all Jews; and to assert that loyalty to the “Jewish State” an essential part of being Jewish.

        On top of that, you’ve got Zio-supremacists like JeffB asserting that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews.

        Why do Zio-supremacists hate Jews so much?

        || … One question – who is a Jew? … ||

        No-one seems to know for certain who is a Jew, but Zio-supremacists are eager and quick to tell you who they think isn’t one.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2015, 1:19 pm

        “One question – who is a Jew? Are you defining it in a religious or racial kind of way?”

        Oh, that’s easy.
        If antisemitism is planned, and natch, you need to know “who is a Jew”, why the answer is obvious! Wouldn’t want to hurt the wrong people.
        Ask the most religious, most observant, the very frummest Jews who they consider real Jews, and use that as a guide! I mean, they should know.

  9. yourstruly
    July 28, 2015, 6:28 pm

    In a world where the truth is the opposite of what the public is being force-fed, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “I will never allow my people to live in the shadow of annihilation” easily translates into “I’ll do anything to prevent Iran from acquiring the bomb, even if that means taking down the entire world.”

  10. just
    July 28, 2015, 11:07 pm

    New, smart video that should appeal to the some of the masses:

    “Actors Jack Black, Morgan Freeman, Natasha Lyonne and other celebrities, including Queen Noor of Jordan, are voicing their support of the nuclear deal with Iran in a new video released on Tuesday.

    The celebrities in the video urge Americans to contact their members of Congress and encourage them to back the deal, which would be up for a vote in September.

    Without a nuclear deal, “ultimately we could be forced into a war with Iran another dangerous drawn out and expensive conflict in the Middle East with many lives lost,” Freeman says in the three-minute video, produced by the Global Zero, a group advocating for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

    “Do me a favor, OK, don’t let some hot-headed member of Congress screw this up,” says Lyonne, who stars on “Orange is the New Black.”

    “Playing politics with our national security is actually not all that funny,” Black says.

    The video also includes actors Farshad Farahat, former CIA agent Valerie Plame and retired U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering. …”

    video @ http://www.haaretz.com/video/1.668359?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  11. Vera Gottlieb
    July 30, 2015, 5:01 am

    Lately, more often than not, I truly despair at the caliber of so-called ‘leaders’ in our Western world. I am glad not to have children or grand-children to worry about.

    • Citizen
      July 30, 2015, 9:18 am

      Lucky you. I have children from mixed marriage.
      Schumer on #IranDeal: “This is the tachlis part” http://nyp.st/1h5XvJq

      Tachlis means “getting down to brass tacks.” That is, “I fell in love,” v. “I’m pregnant.” Or, a brass tack, e.g., who, specifically will pay for this?”

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