Netanyahu warns about Iran on Holocaust Day

Jerusalem (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not revive troubled international nuclear trade with Iran when it opens Israel’s annual anniversary on Wednesday for the six million Jews who died on the Holocaust. Prompted to the world.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also said that the world’s major powers have begun new efforts to bring the United States back to its founder’s 2015 agreement, and Israel has no obligation to respect it.

“History has taught us that such a deal with such a radical regime is of no value,” Netanyahu added. “The agreement with Iran, which paves the way for nuclear weapons (weapons that threaten destruction), does not require such an agreement in any way. We have only one obligation: to destroy us. Is to prevent the person who does it from carrying out his plot. “

Israel sees Iran as its greatest enemy, citing the Iranian government’s call for destruction of Israel, support for anti-Israeli militant groups, and Iran’s military presence in neighboring Syria. Israel has accused Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, but Iran has denied it.

The Obama administration-led 2015 agreement imposed restraints on Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of painful economic sanctions.

Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly opposed the agreement, saying it did not contain sufficient safeguards, and welcomed the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the agreement in 2018.

President Joe Biden, who was Vice President under Barack Obama when the original agreement was negotiated, said he wanted to bring the United States back into the agreement, but Iran had to revoke the breach.

The United States and Iran announced last week that they have begun indirect negotiations aimed at reviving the agreement, a development that has caused concern in Israel.

Netanyahu also took this opportunity to blame the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court has launched a war crimes investigation into Israel, with some focus on Israeli wartime practices in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu called the investigation “ridiculous” and accused the court of distorting its original mission rooted in the post-WWII Nazi leader’s Nuremberg trials.

“During the Holocaust, we had no rights, no nation, no guardians. Today we have nations, protections, and as Jewish sovereign states, in nature to protect ourselves from our enemies. I have full rights. “

An ICC study examines Israeli military operations in Gaza during the 2014 50-day war. According to UN statistics, more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, more than half of them civilians.

Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force and not taking sufficient safeguards to protect civilians. Israel says it was acting for self-defense against the launch of Hamas rockets. Islamic extremist groups say they are responsible for civilian casualties because they used residential areas to attack.

Founded in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust, Israel is today home to a large, rapidly declining community of less than 180,000 elderly survivors.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day is the most solemn day in the Israeli calendar.

The 24-hour period began with a night ceremony at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust National Monument, spoken by Netanyahu and other senior officials. The six survivors set fire to six iconic torches to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi and its collaborators’ genocide.

During the annual commemorative ceremony, entertainment venues and restaurants close doors, television stations stop broadcasting, or dedicate programs almost exclusively to Holocaust documentaries, survivor interviews, and depressing music.

Israel stagnates as sirens scream for two minutes in the morning on Thursday morning. Pedestrians usually stop on railroad tracks, cars and buses stop on the streets, and drivers and passengers get out of the car and stand with their heads down.

Other ceremonies on solemn days include public reading of the names of Holocaust victims in the Israeli Parliament and elsewhere in the country.

Last Wednesday, Israeli researchers released their annual report on global anti-Semitism. The report found that the number of violence cases worldwide decreased last year as the coronavirus kept people indoors. But it said anti-Semitic activity soared online, where there were many conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the medical and economic devastation of the pandemic.

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