The White House condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for “inflammatory rhetoric” Thursday after he said that a celebrated early Palestinian Arab leader played a central role in instigating the Holocaust. Netanyahu on Tuesday suggested Hitler was not planning to exterminate the Jews until he met Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941.

Responding sharply to the controversial claim, since doubled down on by Netanyahu, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said, “I don’t think there’s any doubt here at the White House who is responsible for the Holocaust that killed six million Jews.” “We here continue to stress publicly and privately…the importance of preventing inflammatory rhetoric, accusations or actions on both sides (that) can feed the violence.” “We believe that inflammatory rhetoric needs to stop,” said Schultz, without commenting on the open incitement to murder by the Palestinian Authority. FULL REPORT