YOUR FEEL-STRANGE STORY OF THE DAY – The seemingly unlikely allies:
The legendary former Mossad agent who led the operation to capture Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann has expressed surprising support for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party.
The 91-year-old Rafi Eitan says in a video statement on his Facebook page Saturday that Israel appreciates the party’s “attitude toward Judaism” and looks for them to also “become an alternative to Europe.”
The party, AfD, won 12.6 percent of the vote in Germany’s September election to win seats in parliament for the first time and become the country’s third-biggest party. Its leaders have expressed anti-Semitic statements and played down the crimes of the Nazi regime.
Eitan, a former Israeli Cabinet minister, appeared to endorse the party’s hard-line toward Muslim immigrants.
Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, condemned Eitan’s statement as “sad and shameful.”
It’s only seemingly unlikely because of the media’s long-running narrative that the Alternative for Germany is “far-right”, which in the German context is a dog-whistle to imply they are but a step away from holding their meetings in a beer hall. The truth of the matter is that anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout Europe, and this time it’s not the goose-stepping Hanses, Jacques and Dirks of this world who account for the increasingly toxic and dangerous atmosphere throughout the continent.
Related: From a free days ago:
The German chancellor called it “inconceivable” that Jewish institutions still need police protection. Angela Merkel said that Germany’s new government needs an anti-Semitism commissioner.
When Merkel said “still” she meant “again”.