Heinrich Himmler’s Lost Letter to the Mufti of Jerusalem

A letter from Heinrich Himmler—the head of the SS and the key official behind the planning and implementation of the Holocaust—to Amin Haj al-Husseini, the former grand mufti of Jerusalem, was recently discovered in Israel’s National Library. Dated to 1943, the letter expresses German solidarity with Palestinian Arabs in undoing the “criminal” Balfour Declaration. Joy Bernard writes:

The Nazi commander . . . wrote to the Muslim leader that “the joint recognition of the enemy, [i.e., the Jew], and the joint battle against him are what creates the firm allegiance between Germany and freedom-seeking Muslims all over the world.”

Himmler went on to tell the mufti . . . that his country was closely following the Palestinian resistance against the Balfour Declaration. “The National-Socialist movement of Greater Germany has made its fight against world Jewry a guiding principle since its very beginning,” Himmler wrote. “For that reason [the movement] has been closely following the battle of freedom-seeking Arabs, especially in Palestine, against the Jewish invaders,” the Nazi leader added.

He finished his warm letter to the mufti by writing: “In this spirit, I am happy to extend to you, on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, warm wishes for the continuation of your battle until the certain final victory.”

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Why Egypt Fears an Israeli Victory in Gaza

While the current Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has never been friendly to Hamas, his government has objected strenuously to the Israeli campaign in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip. Haisam Hassanein explains why:

Cairo has long been playing a double game, holding Hamas terrorists near while simultaneously trying to appear helpful to the United States and Israel. Israel taking control of Rafah threatens Egypt’s ability to exploit the chaos in Gaza, both to generate profits for regime insiders and so Cairo can pose as an indispensable mediator and preserve access to U.S. money and arms.

Egyptian security officials have looked the other way while Hamas and other Palestinian militants dug tunnels on the Egyptian-Gaza border. That gave Cairo the ability to use the situation in Gaza as a tool for regional influence and to ensure Egypt’s role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would not be eclipsed by regional competitors such as Qatar and Turkey.

Some elements close to the Sisi regime have benefited from Hamas control over Gaza and the Rafah crossing. Media reports indicate an Egyptian company run by one of Sisi’s close allies is making hundreds of millions of dollars by taxing Gazans fleeing the current conflict.

Moreover, writes Judith Miller, the Gaza war has been a godsend to the entire Egyptian economy, which was in dire straits last fall. Since October 7, the International Monetary Fund has given the country a much-needed injection of cash, since the U.S. and other Western countries believe it is a necessary intermediary and stabilizing force. Cairo therefore sees the continuation of the war, rather than an Israeli victory, as most desirable. Hassanein concludes:

Adding to its financial incentive, the Sisi regime views the Rafah crossing as a crucial card in preserving Cairo’s regional standing. Holding it increases Egypt’s relevance to countries that want to send aid to the Palestinians and ensures Washington stays quiet about Egypt’s gross human-rights violations so it can maintain a stable flow of U.S. assistance and weaponry. . . . No serious effort to turn the page on Hamas will yield the desired results without cutting this umbilical cord between the Sisi regime and Hamas.

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