Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday night that Israel reserves the right to defend itself against a nuclear Iran. Netanyahu compared Iran’s regime with that of the Nazis in his address at the annual state Holocaust commemoration at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu said: “In every circumstance we will preserve our ability and our right to defend ourselves. We will not fear even if we are forced to stand alone against Iran.” His speech comes only weeks after six world powers – the US, Germany, China, Russia, France and Great Britain – reached a framework agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program.
The platform at Yad Vashem was used by Netanyahu to compare that agreement with the concessions the Western world made to the Nazis in the 1930s, before the outbreak of World War II. He also said that Iran seeks to rule the region and destroy the Jewish state just 70 years after the Holocaust.
However, the world powers have struck an agreement with Tehran that would leave it with the ability to produce atomic bombs, rather than demanding that it significantly dismantles its nuclear weapons program. Netanyahu asked: “Has the world really learned from the incomprehensible, universal and Jewish tragedy of the last century? I wish I could tell you that the answer is yes.”
He added: “Six million of our people were slaughtered and tens of millions more were killed in the terrible inferno. The Jews had to pay that price and it was unbearable. The bad deal with Iran signals that the lessons of the Holocaust have not been learned. Appeasing tyrannical regimes will only increase their aggression and is an approach that is liable to drag the world into larger wars.”