Lieberman: 'Ties with Diaspora vital against Iran'

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November 10, 2009 02:33
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman compared Iran's regime with the Nazis when he spoke Monday in Copenhagen at a special ceremony in memory of the Danish Jews who were sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. "Once again we are standing against those who have threatened to exterminate Jews, and not just those who live in Israel," said Lieberman. He accused the Iranian regime of funding global terrorism and of specific activities against Jews. "The Jewish state is responsible for Jewish communities throughout the world, and those communities have a responsibility to Israel," he said. These joint ties were essential in the fight against the threat from Iran, Lieberman said. "The fight against the Iranian threat is one of the greatest challenges the democratic world faces today," he said. The foreign minister thanked the Danes for risking their lives during World War II to rescue most of Danish Jewry from the Nazis. "Denmark will always have a special place in the history and heart of the Jewish nation," Lieberman said. During the day, Lieberman met with Gitte Lillelund Bech, chairperson of the Danish parliament's Foreign Policy Committee which plans to visit Israel in the near future. He also spoke with Danish Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs Birthe Rønn Hornbech about the dangers of Islamic extremists within Europe who abuse the freedom of the democracies in which they live to incite and inflame hatred, particularly against Jews. Lieberman and his deputy foreign minister are on a five day visit to Denmark and the Netherlands that ends on Thursday.

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