Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed his deputy military chief for suggesting that the country was showing signs of Nazi-esque behaviour.
The dressing down comes after Major-General Yair Golan said on the eve of the annual Holocaust Day that he saw signs in Israeli society of ‘nauseating processes’ that occurred in 1930s Germany.
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If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it's the recognition of the nauseating processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then - 70, 80 and 90 years ago - and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.
Netanyahu responded by saying the comments were ‘outrageous’ adding that “they do injustice to Israeli society and cause a belittling of the Holocaust.”
There was no word on the general’s future but some in the cabinet have called for him to resign.
It comes at a time of heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians with a wave of violence which has left 29 Israeli citizens and 200 Palestinians, many of them attackers, dead.