Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
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.
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"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.
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
"Peace is possible only with those who want to live in peace alongside
us and not with those who want to destroy us.
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.