On Yom HaShoah, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazi Germany

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared the current Iranian regime to Nazi Germany in his Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) speech on Wednesday night in Jerusalem.

“Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ to replace it in controlling the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the [Middle East] region, from which it would spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister proceeded to reiterate his criticism of the nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, which recently produced a framework agreement and have a June 30 deadline for a final deal.

“The West is yielding in the face of Iran’s aggressive actions,” said Netanyahu. “Instead of demanding a significant dismantling of the nuclear program in Iran—a country that clearly states its plans to exterminate 6 million Jews here and elsewhere, to eradicate many countries and many regimes—the superpowers back down. They are leaving Iran with its nuclear capabilities, and even allowing it to expand them later on, regardless of Iran’s actions in the Middle East and around the world.”

He added, “As the civilized world is lulled into slumber on a bed of illusions, the rulers of Iran continue to encourage subversion and terrorism, and disseminate destruction and death. The superpowers turn a deaf ear to the crowds in Iran shouting, ‘Death to America; Death to Israel.’ They turn a blind eye to the scenes of execution of those who oppose the regime and the members of minority populations. And they hold their peace in the face of the massive arming of terrorist organizations.”

Posted on April 16, 2015 .