Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein Flash 90

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) is making an official visit to Austria Monday, to warn Vienna of the dangers of getting too close to Iran. 

To this end, Edelstein will meet with the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer; Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz; and with the Chief of Parliament, Doris Bures. 

"In an era of global terrorism, I am leaving for an official visit to the place where, unfortunately, human history's most notorious terrorist was raised," Edelstein stated, referring to Adolf Hitler. "Seventy years after an attempt to exterminate the Jewish people, my conversations with the Austrian leadership will revolve around the subjects of terrorism and hatred." 

"I intend to highlight the necessity and moral obligation for Austria to be a full partner, to enforce sanctions on Iran, in order to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons for the destruction of the Jewish people," he added. 

In light of Fischer's expected visit to Iran, Edelstein also noted that he intends to emphasize the importance of hindering cozy relations between the two countries, and for Austria to stand strong against global jihad - especially the phenomenon of European nationals flocking to the Middle East to carry out attacks in Israel. 

Edelstein added that, in his view, the fact remains that "Austrians have not yet accepted official, full responsibility for their part in the Holocaust," and that he intends to clarify that "Israel expects the most from Austria in its continuing to fight neo-Nazism and related trends, and will continue even more to teach within its borders the lessons of the Holocaust." 

Austria's close ties with the Islamic Republic came to light as early as 2010, when concerns over Iran's nuclear capabilities began to grow. 

Israel has been critical of the interim agreement reached between Iran and world powers, and which the sides are now trying to turn into a permanent deal by November.

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