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  12/25/2011, Kislev 29, 5772

Eldad: Armenian Genocide Paved the Way for Holocaust


Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad said, Sunday, that the silence of the world at the time of the Turkish genocide of Armenians in the early 1900s paved the way to similar behavior during the Nazi genocide against the Jews later in the century. The question of Israeli recognition of the Armenian genocide is scheduled for discussion by the Knesset Education Committee on Monday.

Asked on Arutz Sheva's Hebrew journal if consideration of the question should be delayed as relations between Israel and Turkey slowly improve, in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident of 2010 and the Cast Lead counterterror operation in Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, the National Union lawmaker said, "I deny the possibility that Israeli silence about the Armenian genocide would improve relations between Israel and Turkey."