Netanyahu Notes Rising Antisemitism in Europe, Iran Threat in Holocaust Remembrance Day Remarks
JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the uptick in antisemitism across Europe and the ongoing Iranian nuclear threat during an event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem.
“As we remember the victims and this crime, we must never forget the roots of our greatest disaster — the insatiable hatred for the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said at the Thursday ceremony, attended by diplomats and officials from more than 60 countries,
The Israeli leader added that today, “antisemitism — which is the world’s oldest hatred — is experiencing a revival in the enlightened West.”
“You can see this in European capitals….The rise of antisemitism, the resurgence of antisemitism that is happening, and few would have imagined that this would be possible a few years ago,” said Netanyahu.
He emphasized, though, that Iran posed “the greatest danger that we face, of hatred for the Jewish people and the Jewish state.”
“The ayatollah regime is fanning [the] flames [of antisemitism] and calling outright for the destruction of the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said, vowing to do everything in his power “to prevent Iran from getting the means of mass murder to carry out their horrible plans.”
Netanyahu noted that the annual commemoration “is a very important day on which we fulfill our duty to ‘never forget.'”
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held each year on Jan. 27, the day Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.