Ariel Sharon is being compared to Adolf Hitler again.
Only this time it’s by elements of the Israeli extreme right.
Graffiti have sprouted in Israeli cities threatening Sharon’s life and comparing him with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, all reminiscent of incitement that preceded the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by an ultranationalist Jew.
Sharon has been vilified by ultranationalist Jews ever since his turnaround from being the darling of the Jewish settler movement to a leader determined to pull out of occupied land he says Israel has no intention of keeping in a final peace deal.
And Israeli television showed graffiti in Jerusalem saying: “Arik (Sharon’s nickname), Hitler is proud of you.”
It’s remarkable how often the rhetoric of the extreme Left and the extreme Right converges these days.