Edelstein: Iran nuke may be more destructive than Auschwitz

January 23, 2012 11:48


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A single nuclear bomb may be more destructive to the Jewish people than Auschwitz, said Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein on Monday.

Speaking at a Yad Vashem event marking the 70th anniversary of the Wannasee Conference, where the Nazis drew up their plan to annihilate European Jewry, the Likud politician warned against Tehran's nuclear proliferation and hinted that if Iran passed the nuclear threshold it could spell disaster for Israel.

"There is a madman today who openly threatens to destroy the State of Israel," he said. "We have to stop him. The world cannot remain silent again."

The event in Jerusalem was attended by members of Knesset, foreign diplomats and ambassadors. Edelstein said he expected foreign representatives to ask their governments to act against the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

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