Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday slammed the international community, saying that "it has not put into practice the lessons learned from the horrors of the Holocaust."
Speaking during a special session of the Knesset to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu said, "One thing is clear. The fact that global anti-Semitism is increasing is
a well-known phenomenon. New anti-Semitism is washing over the world
and it is important to fight it."
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Referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government, Netanyahu said: "There is an ayatollah regime, which is a member of the UN, and it knowingly and openly calls for the elimination of at least another six million Jews, and yet nobody says a word. Here and there they mention it, but where is the fury, the rage, the international uprising that should have come from the advanced international community against clear statements calling for the destruction of the same people? It doesn't exist."
The prime minister continued: "There are many good-hearted people and countries around the world. They feel in their hearts what I think, but that's not enough. Facing a regime which calls for our destruction and which is arming itself with weapons of mass destruction, a stronger mobilization of countries should have emerged."
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin also spoke on Wednesday saying: "The world remembers, but is silent."
Speaking before the Knesset, Rivlin said:
"Six years after the world established International Holocaust
Remembrance Day and vowed to remember - the serpent of destruction again
raises its head. It turns out that in complete contrast to the hopes of
the Zionist movement, an old anti-Semitism is emerging again."
He continued: "Today, we're not talking anymore about
so tomorrow no country can claim that it didn't know and didn't hear.
The snake has announced its intentions with the UN, and today its venom
is aimed at the entire free world. So just remembering the Holocaust is