Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke of Syria and Iran in relation to Jewish history, specifically the Holocaust, as Israel commemorates Yom HaShoah, Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day.
During a meeting with his cabinet ministers, Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s 70th year remembering the atrocities of World World II and 6 million Jews who were exterminated at the hands of the Nazis. He stated “Today we will also mark Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day. The memory of the Holocaust is always with us as is appreciation of the heroism that established the State of Israel anew and gives us hope for the future. And this hope, first of all, is in our ability to defend ourselves by ourselves against those who would destroy us.”
The prime minister spoke of tension and violence from the Gaza Strip over the past weeks, stating “On this issue I see the outrageous absurdity that people are going up to IDF soldiers, who are defending them from annihilation, and are calling them terrorists. They are not calling Hamas – which openly declares its intention to destroy the State of Israel, including these protestors – terrorists. They are not calling them terrorists. They attack the IDF soldiers who act to thwart this destruction. There can be no greater absurdity. I think that every day, but especially today, we are all aware of the great contribution that the soldiers of the IDF make to the security and future of Israel. I am proud of our soldiers and together with all government ministers we give them all the backing they need to do their holy work.”
Netanyahu gave a speech at Yad VaShem (Israel’s national Holocaust museum in Jerusalem) as part of Israel’s annual ceremony to remember the victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday evening. During his speech, he spoke of Israel’s action to assist Syria while warning Iran against attacking or threatening the Jewish state.
He stated on Wednesday night, “I have a message for the leaders of Iran: Don’t test Israel’s resolve.” To the Iranian people he stated, “The regime is oppressing you and when this regime disappears off the face of the earth then our two peoples can live together once more in coexistence…. Israel is not your enemy, but rather the tyrannical regime which represses you is. When it disappears, our two ancient nations will be able to live again in cooperation and in brotherhood.”
He spoke of Syria and chemical attacks by the Assad regime on Saturday, stating “We saw Syrian children that were slaughtered by chemical weapons. One great lesson that has been with us since the Holocaust: Murderous evil that is not stood up against spreads rapidly and gradually, and threatens all of humanity. We are preventing Iranian activity in Syria. These are not just words. Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us.”
Speaking of Israel’s resilience and strength in its sovereignty and military, Netanyahu stated “In the Holocaust we were defenseless, with no shield or voice. In truth, our voices were not heard at all. Today, we have a strong country, a strong army, and our voice is heard throughout the nations.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, April 12, 2018, and reposted with permission.