Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised for saying a Palestinian leader persuaded Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914.
Mr Netanyahu insisted the Serbian nationalist Princip had only wanted to “give the high-and-mighty duke a bit of a bloody nose.” But that the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini told him: “Shoot him. Shoot him. When Princip still refused, Al Husseini produced a firearm of his own and threatened to shoot him unless he cooperated.”
A spokesperson for Mr Netanyahu told The (un)Australian that Mr Netanyahu had not intended to absolve Princip of his responsibility for the assassination and all its consequences, merely to implicate the Palestinians in one of the greatest humanitarian atrocities of all time. He then reaffirmed Israel’s enduring commitment to a peaceful resolution with Palestine.
The announcement comes following a string of new revelations by Mr Netanyahu about the Grand Mufti’s role in the assassination of John F Kennedy, the abduction of Azaria Chamberlain and the downing of MH 370.