(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the uptick in anti-Semitism in Europe and the ongoing Iranian nuclear threat during an event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
In his address to diplomats and officials from more than 60 countries, Netanyahu emphasized that the annual Jan. 27 international day for remembrance "is a very important day on which we fulfill our duty to never forget."
"As we remember the victims and this crime, we must never forget the roots of our greatest disaster—the insatiable hatred for the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said Thursday, the day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, adding that today "anti-Semitism, which is the world's oldest hatred, is experiencing a revival in the enlightened West.”
“You can see this in European capitals....The rise of anti-Semitism, the resurgence of anti-Semitism that is happening, and few would have imagined that this would be possible a few years ago," said Netanyahu.
In addition to the uptick in anti-Semitism in Europe, Netanyahu said that “the greatest danger that we face, of hatred for the Jewish people and the Jewish state…comes from Iran.”
“It comes from the ayatollah regime that is fanning [the] flames [of anti-Semitism] and calling outright for the destruction of the Jewish state,” he said.
As such, Netanyahu vowed to do everything in his power “to prevent Iran from getting the means of mass murder to carry out their horrible plans.”