In his speech at Yad Vashem for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “a deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us.”
Netanyahu has often used his speeches at Holocaust-related events to invoke Iran as the new existential threat to the Jewish people’s existence.
“Unlike in the past, today there is no one in the world that will deprive us of the right and the might to defend ourselves from an existential threat,” he says. “The nuclear deal with Iran is once again on the table. Such deals with extreme regimes are worthless.
“I say to our closest friends too: ‘A deal with Iran that paves Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon, a weapon that threatens us with annihilation, will not obligate us.’ Only one thing will obligate us: to prevent those who wish to destroy us from carrying out their plans.”
He also rails against the International Criminal Court’s “outrageous” decision to investigate Israel for potential war crimes against Palestinians. The Jewish people were defenseless in the face of the Nazis but are no longer so, and have every right to defend themselves from their enemies.
He says the ICC was formed in the image of the courts of the Nuremberg trials that brought Nazis to justice. But “from Nurenberg to The Hague things were turned upside down. A body formed to defend human rights has become a body that in actuality defends those who trample on human rights.”
The prime minister also goes on to mention Israel’s purchase of millions of vaccines to fight the coronavirus pandemic from the Pfizer corporation, and particularly its Jewish CEO Albert Bourla, whose parents were survivors from Thessaloniki.
“And here after 80 years fate brings together on a rescue mission the prime minister of Israel, that rose from the ashes, and the head of the Pfizer firm, that has created a medicine for the coronavirus pandemic that has threatened all of humanity.
“The Holocaust and the revival were in the backgorund of my conversations with Albert.”