TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of being behind the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple by Roman Emperor Titus in 66 AD.
“Titus didn’t want to destroy the Temple and he certainly didn’t want to sack Jerusalem, where he had a very nice harem, thank you very much,” Netanyahu said during an address to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
“But the blood-sucking, Jew hating Abbas went to Titus and said, ‘If you don’t destroy the Temple, they’ll never let us pray here and they’ll send their jack-booted police into the Al-Aqsa Mosque,’” Netanyahu explained.
“’So, what should I do with the place?’ Titus asked, and Abbas replied: ‘Burn it.’”
Hebrew University historian Prof. Josephus Flavius contradicted the prime minister’s version of events saying, “There weren’t any Palestinians in those days and I think the sacking of Jerusalem predated Abbas by a few years.”
“Josephus should focus on what he knows and leave history to the prime minister,” Netanyahu’s bureau said in response.