Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Netanyahu Brings Holocaust Remembrance to a 21st Century Threat

Here are segments of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) speech delivered in Israel today:

"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. This is especially true in our generation, which again faces the call to destroy the Jewish nation."

"I ask – have these people (the Iranian leadership) 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?"

"I believe in our power to defend ourselves from those who seek to kill us. 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 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."

"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 lie ."

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I salute Prime Minister Netanyahu for his diligence in reminding all of us throughout the world, Jew and Gentile alike, that the Holocaust of the Jews, and many living in Eastern Europe during the tyrannical reign of Adolf Hitler is more then just a memory. It is a constant challenge to the good of this world to never allow this kind of mentality to shine its ugly visage again.

A nuclear Iran poses just such a threat once again. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that this real danger to Israel and the rest of the world will simply go away.

It is up to the good to do something so that evil cannot succeed.

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