Politicians slam Liberman for comparing Netanyahu to Goebbels

Then-defense minister Avigdor Liberman (left) and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, on October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Then-defense minister Avigdor Liberman (left) and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, on October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Politicians across the political spectrum criticize Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman for his comments earlier today comparing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to Joseph Goebbels.

Entering this morning’s cabinet meeting, Liberman said that Netanyahu’s campaign methods are “the exact methods of Goebbels and Stalin.”

The comments draw an immediate condemnation from Likud, which says Liberman is “degrading the Holocaust.”

And Liberman’s coalition partners Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz also condemn his comments.

“Even in the face of a never-ending machine of poison and incitement… the Holocaust must be left out of the conversation,” says Lapid, saying such comparisons “only harm the memory of the Holocaust.”

Gantz says while he supports Liberman, he “denounces the unacceptable comparison to those who committed the worst atrocities in the history of mankind.”

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