IAF Commander, Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedy, made a pointed comparison Thursday between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Shkedy, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, hinted that Israel may have to "go it alone" against Iran, in a speech before a gathering of foreign military attachés at the Masuah Institute for Holocaust studies. In his speech, he reportedly said that vis-à-vis Iran, Israel can trust no one but itself.
"Everyone has a personal and family Holocaust story. They are all more or less similar," Shkedy told Voice of Israel government radio after the speech. "Each of us has a story like that, which accompanies him everywhere. It is in your subconscious and it in everything that you do."
"It is important to me that these things be understood and be well known," Shkedy said. "I am convinced that we have to look at reality with our eyes wide open," he told the radio station's military-affairs correspondent.
"We need to take things seriously and not underestimate things that are said," Shkedy explained. People who say in a harsh, clear, continuous manner, the things that were said… I think we have to understand that there is a more than realistic possibility that they mean it. Now, this is a little simplistic but if you read the things as they are, without resorting to any special translation or going especially deep into things, it is just unbelievable. It is simply inconceivable that a person in the present century allows himself to stand before the entire world and say these things. I think it is incomprehensible."