‘Don’t have the chutzpah to say Israel is the leader in the fight against anti-Semitism,’ Deborah Lipstadt says in scathing criticism of PM’s realpolitik approach
9 July 2019
Leading Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt is best known for her role in the fight against Holocaust denial, famously winning a libel suit against David Irving, who had taken her to court for calling him a Holocaust denier.
But during an interview in Jerusalem, the Atlanta-based scholar focused on a very different target: the Israeli government.
Lipstadt, generally a staunch supporter of the Jewish state, denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy of rapprochement with some Central European states that, as she put it, are “whitewashing” their role in the systematic destruction of the Jewish people during World War II.
For Israel to claim to fight anti-Semitism and then warmly embrace the nationalist governments in Budapest, Warsaw and Vilnius is “hypocritical,” she charged.