Netanyahu´s Holocaust Speech Devoted to Iran Threat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/19/12)
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a hard hitting speech
centering on the Iranian threat, in the central Holocaust Memorial
Day ceremony at Yad Vashem Wednesday. Such a direct reference to
current events and politics in the Holocaust Memorial is unusual.
"On this day, we must realize a supreme obligation, and this
obligation is not just to remember the past but also to learn its
lessons, and most importantly – to implement these lessons, in order
to continue to safeguard our nation´s future," said Netanyahu. "This
is especially true in our generation, which again faces the call to
destroy the Jewish nation."
Netanyahu took aim at unspecified critics who accuse him of spreading
needless fear and panic. "I ask – have these people lost all faith in
the people of Israel? Do they think that this nation, which overcame
such great difficulties, does not have enough strength to overcome
this new danger?"
Netanyahu stressed that the right way of facing danger is not by
denying its existence. He reminded the audience that previous prime
ministers did not hide the dangers facing Israel from the nation, in
the periods before the wars in 1948 and 1967.
"I believe is our power to defend ourselves from those who seek to
kill us," he said. "People who make light of the Iranian threat have
learned nothing from the Holocaust. There were always people among us
who preferred to mock people who said uncomfortable truths. They did
so with [Zionist leader Ze´ev] Jabotinsky who warned the Jews of
Poland of the approaching Holocaust."
"I will continue to tell the truth to the world – but first and
foremost, to my nation. The truth is that a nuclear armed Iran is an
existential threat to the State of Israel and also a grave threat to
the rest of the world," he said. "The memory of the Holocaust is not
just a ceremonial matter. The memory of the Holocaust is a practical
commandment to learn the lessons of the past in order to guarantee
the foundations of the future. We will never bury our heads in the
sand. The People of Israel lives and the Eternity of Israel shall not
Ze´ev Jabotinsky´s leadership inspired the Herut movement, which
later turned into Likud. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/19/12)
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