Holocaust Remembrance Day:
Netanyahu warns Iran: Do not test Israel's determination

PM Netanyahu, President Rivlin address Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem
Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin addressed the official ceremony for the opening of the Holocaust Martyrs 'and Heroes' Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem Wednesday evening.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in his address that the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria shows that the lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant today.

"The events of the past few days show that confronting evil and aggression is a mission that is incumbent on every generation, and no generation is exempted from this mission. We have seen the Syrian children who were slaughtered with chemical weapons, our hearts are torn by the horror, one big lesson has been with us since the Holocaust - a murderous evil that does not come against it," Netanyahu said.

"This was my main message at the World Security Conference in Munich two months ago, and as a result of the terrible events that took place in Munich, the Nazi oppressor began to spread the horrific racial doctrine, and in Munich, 80 years ago, the leaders of the free world signed a conciliatory agreement with the aggressor. Sought to prevent war, but their concessions only brought it closer, intensified its damage and led to the conquest of all of Europe.

"Now that we have an independent state, Israel will never behave in this incorrect manner. We stop the aggression with hostility, and these are not empty words. We are backing them up with actions, aggression against aggression, attacks on defense, deterrence, attack and aggression against anyone who threatens to destroy us.

"Even today, an extreme regime threatens us, threatens the peace of the entire world - this regime explicitly declares that it intends to destroy us, the Jewish state ... There are those who delude themselves, as in Munich in 1938, that the agreement with the Iranian regime will stop its aggression. Again and again, we see how agreements with such regimes end up not being worth the paper they were written on. This was also the case with the nuclear agreement.

Netanyahu conveyed a message to the rulers of Iran - "Do not test Israel's determination. My message to the Iranian people - Israel is not your enemy but the regime of tyranny that oppresses you and after it disappears from the world is, and it will disappear. Then our two ancient peoples can live again in cooperation and brotherhood."

President Rivlin spoke in his address of his participation in the March of the Living tomorrow, where he will lead the march with the heads of the security forces. "In the morning, seventy-five years after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and seventy years since the establishment of the State of Israel, I will go to Poland, together with the heads of the defense establishment and the Israeli delegation, to the March of the Living."

"There, on European soil, on the ashes of our brothers and sisters, it is said simply: There was a Holocaust, and there are deniers and Holocaust deniers, and the difference between them is the truth. The citizens of Poland, as well as the citizens of France, the Soviet Union and other countries, were killed and murdered by Nazi Germany in a cruel war, during World War II. We, the Jews, were slaughtered during the Holocaust. A Holocaust whose purpose was to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth.

"A Holocaust that took place not only in the concentration and extermination camps but in the death pits, ghettos and pogroms. A Holocaust that included slaughter, murder and death with the torture of a million and a half children and babies, whose only crime was that they were born Jews.

"Our memory, the Jewish people, is the opposite of the Nazi urgency. All that Amalek did to us is engraved in our memory, the memory of an ancient people. Those who helped Amalek, those who stood aside, those who saw the smoky chimneys, those who heard our cries and did not lift a finger were etched in our memory. Those who murdered and inherited were engraved in our memory. Those who thought after the war that Jewish blood was cheap, it was abandoned, and who massacred and murdered the Jews who returned to their homes.

"We will not rest until we know what happened to our brothers and sisters. We will not rest until we guarantee that every woman and man has a child and a child there. We will never allow those who deny the truth or try to forget it. Not by individuals or organizations, by party leaders or heads of state.

"Germany has not bought the Jews' forgiveness, just as no nation can legislate their forgetfulness. The Jewish people will always bear the banner of the struggle against anti-Semitism and racism. No political, political or economic interest will cause us to turn a blind eye to them, neither in Europe nor anywhere else.

"We do not expect justice in Europe, a justice that will correct the past. Justice can not grow from the land on which our brothers and sisters are burned. We do expect to find in Europe a true partnership, with which we will invest in education, research institutes, commemoration and memory, learn what we would have, and promise - never again.