Netanyahu at Auschwitz: World must unite to confront new threats

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told dignitaries gathered at the Auschwitz extermination camp on Wednesday that the world must learn from the Holocaust to unite against new threats.

In what was apparently a thinly veiled reference to Iran, Netanyahu called on the international community to come together to confront "impending dangers".

Israel believes Iran to be building a nuclear bomb and views the Islamic Republic as an existential threat. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes.

"We must warn of the impending danger to the rest of the world and at the same time to be ready to defend ourselves," Netanyahu said. "The most important lesson from the Shoah is that murderous evil must be stopped as soon as possible, before it can realize its schemes."...

Some the leaders of world Jewry convened on Wednesday in Krakow to commemorate International holocaust Remembrance Day. Almost all the speakers at the meeting referred directly or indirectly to the Iranian threat.

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress referred to Iran in telling reporters at the Krakow opera house that "endless tolerance to intolerance" was a grave threat, and that this is a "present-day" lesson....

In his speech at the opera house, Buzek referred also to the suffering of East European countries under Communism. Buzek last year expressed support for naming August 23 a combined commemoration day for victims of Nazism and Stalinism. But leading Holocaust scholars called this attitude "the most serious threat facing the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust" and a "trivialization" of the Holocaust....

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