PM: Lessons of Shoah not learned, anti-Semitism spreads

Netanyahu announces forming of group to represent Holocaust survivors; says Hamas-Fatah unity deal should worry those who want ME peace.

May 1, 2011 12:26
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that the "lessons of the Holocaust have not been learned," referring to spreading anti-Semitism in recent years. Netanyahu's comments came at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting and hours before the beginning of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.

"A renewed anti-Semitism is spreading.  Various forces are joining together and flooding the world with anti-Semitism.  The hatred of Jews and the denial of their existence have turned into hatred of the Jewish State and denial of its existence," Netanyahu stated.

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The prime minister said that the government decided to form an organization that will represent Holocaust survivors.

Netanyahu also addressed the unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah, saying the deal "must concern not only every Israeli, but all those in the world who aspire to see peace between us and our Palestinian neighbors."

"Peace is possible only with those who want to live in peace alongside us and not with those who want to destroy us. 

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Israel extends its hand in peace to all peoples of the region, to all of our neighbors that aspire to live alongside us in peace, and will stand steadfast against whoever tries to attack us and endanger our existence.  I will deliver this clear message to world capitals, and especially to European leaders, during my visits to London and Paris this week," the prime minister added.

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