Prime minister says on eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day, ‘There is evil that can spread, which threatens security of Jews.’ While he did not mention Iran explicitly, Netanyahu noted: ‘There are new haters of Judaism with new reasons to destroy Jewish state. This is our concern’
Published: 01.25.10, 14:07 / Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Yad Vashem on the eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day Monday.
During his speech at the memorial, the prime minister addressed threats coming from Iran: “Today there are new Judaism haters with new reasons to destroy the Jewish people. This is a test for humanity, and we will see in the coming weeks how the international community will stop the evil before it spreads.”
Netanyahu, who participated in the opening ceremony of the “Architecture of Murder” exhibit at Yad Vashem which presents the Auschwitz blueprints, compared the Holocaust with Iran’s intentions, even though he did not explicitly mention Iran in his speech.
“The evil is spreading and hurting innocent people. Large things must be stopped while they are still small. There is still denial, and lies are still being spread in the world,” said the prime minister.
“There is an evil that can spread, and it is threatening the security of the Jews,” Netanyahu warned. “We know that it just starts with the Jews and then continues on to the rest of the world. There are new Judaism haters who have a new reason to destroy the Jewish state. This is our concern.”
The weekly cabinet meeting held Sunday focused on International Holocaust Memorial Day. Prior to the meeting, the prime minister presented the plaque that will be shown in the UN.
The plaque shows the arm of a Holocaust survivor with a number on it as she holds her great-granddaughter’s hand on a visit back to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The prime minister said on Sunday: “This is the essence of the Zionist legacy. I hope that the UN remembers what it was like when the Jews did not have a country and the right and responsibility of the international community to defend the existence of the Jewish state.”