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At Auschwitz, IDF chief slams Iran’s Raisi for ‘denying painful truth of history’

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland, September 19, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi speaks at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland, September 19, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi, during a visit to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, responds to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s remarks doubting the Holocaust.

“You don’t have to be a historian or a researcher to understand the horrors of the Holocaust — you have to be a human being,” Kohavi says.

“Anyone who lies and denies the painful and solid truth of history, easily lies today, and will naturally lie in the future,” he says, referring to Raisi. “This is another reminder that such people should not be allowed to possess any capacity of any kind for development of weapons of mass destruction,” he adds, referring to Iran’s nuclear program.

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