holocaust painting 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the
Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Yad Vashem Sunday evening focused on the rising Iranian threat, Iran clearly declares its genocidal intentions with regard to Israel and seeks to arm itself with nuclear weapons for that purpose.
Netanyahu's speech came after that of President
Shimon Peres who stressed as two central lessons of the holocaust for us, that the world must not display the apathy it did then in the face of a nation seeking weapons of mass destruction, having the capacity to use them to perform mass destruction and inciting mass destruction.
“The historical failure of the free world in facing the Nazi beast was in not confronting it when it could still be stopped," Netanyahu said, "today we witness the fire of the old-new hate, the hate of the Jews being spread by the regimes and organizations of radical Islam, spearheaded by Iran and its cohorts."
Iran’s leaders are hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons and publicly
declare their intention to destroy Israel, “but in the face of the
oft-repeated calls to erase the Jewish state from the face of the
earth, we see at best mild protestations, and these too seem to be
fading,” the Prime Minister lambasted the international community.
We do not hear the decisive condemnation required, the world stands by,
some even criticize Israel, he went on, we do not see the international
resolve required to prevent Iran’s nuclear armament. “From this lectern
I call on the enlightened nations to rise and powerfully condemn Iran’s
genocidal intentions and act with real resolve to stop Iran arming
itself with nuclear weapons.”
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