Yesterday on the Fox and Friends TV news show, country singer Hank Williams, Jr. made a remark that got him into big trouble. He said that the recent golf game that President Obama played with John Boehner was “not a good idea” because, as he said: “It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Netanyahu.” He was trying to say that Obama and Boehner are enemies, just as Adolf Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu would have been enemies if they had lived in the same time period. He was not comparing Obama with Hitler, as some people incorrectly interpreted this remark.
If Hitler were alive today, would he play golf with Netanyahu? No, Hitler did not play any sports. The only exercise he ever got was walking to his tea house to have tea with his good buddies and any foreign diplomats who happened to be around at the time.
Hitler was a Zionist, meaning a person who was in favor of the Jews having their own country. He would have welcomed the opportunity to talk with Netanyahu. Hitler was a Zionist when Zionism wasn’t cool. If it had not been for Hitler and his Final Solution to the Jewish Question, there would be no Israel today. The Jewish Question was “Should the Jews have their own state, or should they assimilate into the country where they live?” Of course, Hitler wanted the Jews to have their own state; he did not want the Jews to assimilate into the German population. Hitler was a German nationalist, just as Netanyahu is a Jewish nationalist today.
I am quoting Mark Weber, who explained it very well in an article which he wrote several years ago, which you can read in full here.
Over the years, people in many different countries have wrestled with the “Jewish question”: that is, what is the proper role of Jews in non-Jewish society? During the 1930s, Jewish Zionists and German National Socialists shared similar views on how to deal with this perplexing issue. They agreed that Jews and Germans were distinctly different nationalities, and that Jews did not belong in Germany. Jews living in the Reich were therefore to be regarded not as “Germans of the Jewish faith,” but rather as members of a separate national community. Zionism (Jewish nationalism) also implied an obligation by Zionist Jews to resettle in Palestine, the “Jewish homeland.” They could hardly regard themselves as sincere Zionists and simultaneously claim equal rights in Germany or any other “foreign” country.
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), the founder of modern Zionism, maintained that anti-Semitism is not an aberration, but a natural and completely understandable response by non-Jews to alien Jewish behavior and attitudes. The only solution, he argued, is for Jews to recognize reality and live in a separate state of their own. “The Jewish question exists wherever Jews live in noticeable numbers,” he wrote in his most influential work, The Jewish State. “Where it does not exist, it is brought in by arriving Jews … I believe I understand anti-Semitism, which is a very complex phenomenon. I consider this development as a Jew, without hate or fear.” The Jewish question, he maintained, is not social or religious. “It is a national question. To solve it we must, above all, make it an international political issue …” Regardless of their citizenship, Herzl insisted, Jews constitute not merely a religious community, but a nationality, a people, a Volk. Zionism, wrote Herzl, offered the world a welcome “final solution of the Jewish question.”