The Prime Minister this morning said a decision on whether or not Australia would join air strikes over Syria against the group would be made next week when Defence Minister Kevin Andrews returned from travelling abroad.
Mr Abbott said this morning everything possible needed to be done to defeat the “Daesh death cult”.
“This is a government that is utterly committed to the campaign against the Daesh death cult,” Mr Abbott told 2GB’s Alan Jones.
“The Nazis did terrible evil but they had sufficient sense of shame to try and hide it. These people boast about their evil. This is the extraordinary thing.
“They act in the way medieval barbarians acted only they broadcast it to the world with an affrontery that is hard to credit and it just adds a further dimension to this evil.”
More than six million Jews were killed by Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1941 to 1945 in what is known as the Holocaust.
The Jewish community slammed Mr Abbott’s comments, labelling them “injudicious and unfortunate”.
“Whilst there is no question that Islamic State is a profoundly evil organisation, the Prime Minister’s comments suggesting that it is in some respects worse than the Nazis were injudicious and unfortunate,” Robert Goot, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, told News Corp Australia.
“The crimes of Islamic State are indeed horrific but cannot be compared to the systematic round-up of millions of people and their despatch to purpose built death camps for mass murder.
“There is a fundamental difference between organised acts of terrorism and a genocide systematically implemented by a state as essential policy.”
The United States has asked Australia to extend its campaign in the Middle East to include air strikes over Syria.
Australian Defence Personnel are already conducting air strikes and performing a supporting role for Iraqi troops in the fight against IS.
US President Barack Obama made the request for Australia to extend into Syria in July direct to Tony Abbott.
Australia is seeking legal advice and contemplating its options.
However in a recent briefing on the situation in the Middle East chief of joint operations Vice Admiral David Johnston said Australia joining strikes across the Syrian border would not be a “game changer”.
“The contribution of Australia (for air strikes in Syria) isn’t really a game changer one way or another,” Vice-Admiral Johnston said.
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Lanai Scarr National Political Reporter News Corp Australia Network