Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Monday evening, that it was his duty to prevent another Holocaust. Opening the observance of Holocaust Memorial Day at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, he recalled saying those words to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and being reminded in a recent visit with a Holocaust survivor who told him how vivid her memories were of that terrible time.
He talked about the price that resulted because of world powers taking time to act against Nazi Germany and their taking time to act against Iran's nuclear program. He expressed hope that a confrontation would not take place but said Israel has the power to protect itself. He said, "On this day, on behalf of the Jewish people, I say to all those who sought to destroy us, to all those who still seek to destroy us: you have failed and you will fail. The State of Israel is stronger than ever. It is a state that seeks peace with all its neighbors – a state with a will of iron to ensure the future of its people."