Tonight is the start of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day).
Israel HaYom reports:
Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, met on Tuesday with the six Holocaust survivors who will light the memorial torches at Yad Vashem on Wednesday evening.
“I have one mission: One Yad Vahem is enough. One time. There will be no second time,” Netanyahu said to the survivors. The meeting with the survivors who will participate in the ceremony was the first of its kind and was organized by Sara.
Netanyahu went on to say that “the hatred of Jews has not disappeared in 70 years, and it is now directed at the Jewish state. But the state is very, very strong — and its strength is your strength.”
There’s little doubt that Bibi is driven, at least in part, by his sense of a never ending mission to avoid another Holocaust for the Jews. At times, it may cloud his judgement. But given the widespread antisemitism that exists, erring on the side of caution is understandable. It’s a sad reflection on the state of the world today, but in this regard Bibi is right.
It’s also inevitable that there will be many antisemites who will pay lip service by condemning the Holocaust while blithely engaging in incitement, hatred, demonization, and delegitimization towards the Jewish State. And some of these are people in power, or potential claimants to the throne. Their ability to disconnect cause and effect is truly disgusting.
In remembrance, our spirit is strengthened.
Am Yisrael Chai!