To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial. During his speech, seen above, Netanyahu addressed what he sees as the greatest danger to Israel - a nuclear Iran:
Netanyahu said “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.”
Netanyahu lashed out bitterly at the world’s “deafening silence” when the Iranian regime “merely calls to wipe out every Israeli,” and expressed confidence that this approach would change with Trump as president. “I believe it will change,” he said.
Netanyahu referenced the phone call earlier this week between the two leaders in which they discussed the Iranian nuclear deal, a source of tension between Netanyahu and former president Barack Obama, among a host of other issues.
“I spoke a few days ago to President Trump and he spoke about the Iranian aggression. He spoke about Iran’s commitment to destroy Israel. He spoke about the nature of this nuclear agreement and the danger it poses. We spoke about it together,” Netanyahu said.
The prime minister said the resurgence of anti-Semitism and of calls to destroy the Jewish state must “encounter forceful consistent powerful resistance, in words and also in deeds...”