Netanyahu: Iran most anti-Semitic regime on the planet – Jews remember ‘world turned its back on us’
World leaders converged in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Polish death camp of Auschwitz.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who earlier in the day met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a special press conference, gave a welcoming speech where he slammed the Iranian regime as being “the most anti-Semitic on the planet.”
“75 years ago, our people – the Jewish People – emerged from the largest killing field in the history of humanity. The survivors do not forget anything: The helplessness, the endless suffering, the flames and the smoke, the bereavement and the loss. But they also remember, with deep gratitude, the day of liberation, the entry of the Red Army into Auschwitz, the immense sacrifice of the allies, soldiers and peoples alike”, Netanyahu said.
“We remember that some 80 years ago, when the Jewish people faced annihilation, the world largely turned its back on us, leaving us to the most bitter of fates”.
“The Jewish state has learned the lessons of the Holocaust. Has the world learned the lessons of the Holocaust? Many recognize a simple truth: that what starts with the hatred of the Jews doesn’t end with the Jews”.
“Israel will do whatever it must do to defend our state, defend our people and defend the Jewish future”.
“I am concerned that we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet. A regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu told assembled world leaders.
“Israel salutes President Trump and Vice President Pence for confronting the tyrants of Tehran,” he told the audience, which included Pence.
US Vice President Mike Pence said that the international community “must stand strong against the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism, against the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe Israel off the map,” in reference to Iran.
“Today we remember what happens when the powerless cry for help and the powerful refuse to answer,” said Pence.