Netanyahu blasts senior officer’s ‘outrageous’ Holocaust comments

Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan’s remarks during the Holocaust memorial ceremony last week which compared Israel to Nazi Germany are “infuriating” and “fundamentally incorrect,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that “the comparison that was made in IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan’s remarks about processes that characterized Nazi Germany 80 years ago is infuriating. The remarks are fundamentally incorrect. They should not have been made at any time much less now.”

“They do injustice to Israeli society and cause a belittling of the Holocaust,” the Prime Minister continued, adding that “the Deputy Chief-of-Staff is an outstanding officer, but his remarks on this issue were utterly mistaken and unacceptable to me.”

Speaking at a Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at the Tel Yitzhak kibbutz on Wednesday evening, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan compared certain “abhorrent processes” taking place in Israel to those in Germany leading up to the Holocaust.


Culture Minister Miri Regev also spoke up at the cabinet meeting, calling for Golan’s resignation.

“It’s unacceptable that a deputy chief of staff would be part of the delegitimization of Israel. He crossed every line and he must resign his post,” she said.