Upping his attack against the recent framework deal reached with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu connected the policy of appeasement of world leaders prior to WWII to the current Iran deal, suggesting the West has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust.
Speaking at the state ceremony commemorating “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah — Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism” at Yad Vashem Wednesday evening, Netanyahu stated, “The danger is there for all to see… and yet the blindness is vast. The West is capitulating in the face of Iran’s aggressive actions.. Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence. Ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quite at any price, and the terrible price did come.
“Iranian leaders are exported death and destruction,” Netanyahu roared. “The world is not listening to the calls in Iran urging death to Israel, death to America.. Appeasement towards these regimes increases their aggressiveness. If this aggressiveness is not curbed in time, humanity may find itself in far greater wars in the future.”
He vowed, “We will continue to work towards opening the eyes of the world.. Even if we will be forced to stand alone, we will not falter. We will maintain our right to defend ourselves… we will not let the state of Israel become a passing phase in the history of our nation.”
Netanyahu stated that he views preventing another Holocaust as his “personal responsibility” as Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
“Even if we are forced to stand alone, we will not be afraid – in every scenario, in every situation, we will preserve out right, we will preserve our capability and our determination to defend ourselves,” declared the israeli premier. “Seventy years ago, we were a nation of helpless refugees – today we can speak for ourselves. We are determined to ensure our existence and our future. Our job is to fight those who want to destroy us… we will not allow the State of Israel to become a fleeting episode in the history of our people.”
President Reuven Rivlin also addressed the commemoration ceremony, themed “The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life: 70 years since the end of World War II.”
“Israel was established by right, and by love of the ancient homeland and the power of dreaming a dream which became a reality. It was not established because of the threat of destruction or the hate of the other,” Rivlin said.