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April 7, 2013 2:21 pm

IDF Chief Gantz at Auschwitz: “Israel Ensures That a Horror Such as This Will Not Recur”

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IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (far left) with a reserve division. Photo: IDF.

Jerusalem Post – IDF Chief of Staff Lt-Gen. Benny Gantz spoke at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Sunday on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying that “Israel ensures that a horror such as this will not recur.”

Gantz, who was set to lead the March of the Living memorial event on Monday, said that “the IDF is the defensive shield of the national home – a safe haven for the Jewish people.”

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    They still hear us human beings, the living, here in this world–the six million. How can they not? Their time on this earth was cut short only because of their cultural and religious beliefs. Their Jewish identity became the scapegoat for thousands of years of anti-Semitism finally reaching its nadir in any and all conceivable evil. They watch our every move to see if we have learned anything from their sacrifice. And we have not learned one lesson. . . not one. We kill. We murder. We rape. We rob. We steal. We lie and deceive. We fight brother against brother. We Jews, too.
    Have we yet to learn that every Jewish life is sacred? Why do we fight among ourselves based on self-hatred–hating those secular, hating those religious, hating those atheistic, hating those agnostic, hating those outside of any belief system?
    Israel is the most humane country on earth. Which country would set up a hospital to care for the casualties of war occurring in a neighboring country that has endeavored to annihilate its citizenry? Which country would call off a tactical strike based on the lives of potential civilian casualties? Which country would send emergency medical help to countries savaged by natural disasters all over the world, including some hostile countries? Which country has shared its wealth of technology with so many countries in this world and made the lives of millions of people the world over easier to live?
    Tiny Israel, a sliver of land, a hated people, a nation whose very capital is not recognized by any other country in the world, a nation whose very existence has been threatened by Iran, another member of the UN General Assembly, a nation which has somehow survived sixty-five years through wars and intifadas, and terrorism the likes of which few countries, if any has undergone in human record, a nation whose love for life. . . and peace has yet to be fulfilled for more than days at a time, if that long.
    On this Yom HaShoah, let us Jews the world over renew our belief in our values to strive to loosen the grip of envy and jealousy and covetousness from our hearts and our deeds. Let us work together as Jews in the Diaspora and Israel to make this a better world. Let Israel somehow, somewhere finally secure the peace she so dearly wants and deserves. Let the survivors of the Holocaust and the pioneers and builders of the modern State of Israel find satisfaction in living whether in the Diaspora or in Israel.
    Amen. Amen. Amen.