Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Netanyahu: Israel Obligated To Prevent Nuclear-Armed Iran

Israel Obligated To Prevent Nuclear-Armed Iran

At Yad Vashem ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, PM pushes back against critics saying he should not draw parallels between Iran and the Holocaust: The people of Israel are strong enough to hear the truth.

It is the world's duty to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms, but first and foremost it is Israel's obligation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at the state's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem.

In a speech that dealt heavily with Iran, Netanyahu said the obligation Israel must take from the Holocaust is not only to remember the past, "but to learn the lessons and more importantly to implement those lessons to ensure the future of our people."

He noted that this was especially true in this generation when there are those calling for the destruction of the Jewish state, and when Iran is working toward obtaining the means of achieving that goal.

"The truth is that an Iran armed with nuclear weapons is an existential threat to Israel's existence," Netanyahu said.

"The truth is that a nuclear Iran is an immediate threat to other nations in the region, and a grave threat to the peace of the world. And the truth is that it is necessary to prevent Iran from getting nuclear arms. That is the obligation of the world, but first and foremost it is our obligation."

"We used to be a question mark; today we are a strong country," he said. "Humanity has no choice but to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and stand strong in the face of existential threats, before it is too late."

Netanyahu, who came under a great deal of domestic criticism last month after delivering a speech at the AIPAC convention in Washington drawing parallels between the Iranian threat and the Holocaust, pushed back hard against those critics who said this argument both trivialized the Holocaust and sowed panic in the country.

"I know there are those who don't like when I say these types of unpleasant truths," Netanyahu said. "They prefer not to talk about a nuclear Iran as an existential threat, and claim that this statement, even if it is correct, only sows fear and panic."

Netanyahu said Israel dealt with existential threats – in 1948 and 1967 – when the country was infinitely less strong than it is today, and that during those periods the country's leaders, first David Ben-Gurion and then Levi Eshkol, told the nation the truth about the dangers it faced.

Netanyahu said the nation did not panic, but rather united to defend itself. "I believe in the Jewish people's ability to deal with the truth, and I believe in our ability to defend ourselves against those who want to kill us."

Netanyahu charged that those who dismiss the Iranian threat as being exaggerated or not serious have not learned anything from the Holocaust.

To those who argue that the singular evil of the Holocaust should not be raised when talking about the present dangers and that doing so in someway cheapens the Holocaust and insults the victims, Netanyahu replied, "I completely reject that approach."

On the contrary, to be deterred from speaking the truth and saying that today, like then, there are those who want to destroy millions of Jews, "that is cheapening the Holocaust, that is an insult to the memory of the victims, that is ignoring its lessons."

"Today we have a state, today we have an army," he said. "We have the ability, obligation and determination to defend ourselves."

Netanyahu pledged that as prime minister he would not hesitate from telling uncomfortable truths to the world, nor to his own people which "is strong enough" to hear it.


Dave Down Under said...

Your quiet today Scott. You must be seething at length and content of the previous thread? Lol

Have a great day mate

Scott said...

Dave - its all good :)
Doesn't bother me one bit - its life these days. I think most folks can take a look at see what is reasonable and what isn't - one reason I left it all up

Ally said...

Dave-Scott has a lot of good fruit! Like I hope one day to have. I think he just never takes his eyes off the prize. :)

Scott said...

It really does help to be constantly looking up and focused on the cross.Especially when getting through the daily struggles..Of course, I tend to forget these things when driving in heavy traffic, but thats another story for another day :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the late update, I had business to take care of.

Stocks were down day session, BUT UP AGAIN tonite. Bulls are determined to keep the game going.
It would seem, no matter what the cost.

VERY VERY GREEDY behaviour on their part.

I cannot say when this will end.
BUT I DO KNOW that as long as bulls
continue this there will BE NO RAPTURE.

That is, as long as this market's destiny is to rally. And I really
DO NOT care what people think of
me. I need to be true and honest
in what i believe in. Period !!

I am told I am wrong, ect ect ect...and yet, Jesus has NOT come
back yet.....and bulls continue
to push higher.

Current wave counts look like 13, 297 will BE TAKEN out on the upside.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dave Down Under said...

24 hrs is a long time to be stuck in traffic Scott. No wonder Obama wants declare marshall law!

Dave Down Under said...

Tic for the above sarcasm!

Anonymous said...

bro. scott,
thank you for not deleting this time my second responses to your questions on the last saturday blog (14 april).
If someone do err, you have the power on this blog to guide them.
one of your motto in this blog is to give hope, if your hope is standing on solid ground, you will have no problem dealing with missiles of queries and replying them with encouragement.

May the peace, mercy, and love of our God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

In Christ,

Scott said...


I didn't delete because I wasn't here to do so; otherwise I would have. It seems clear to me that you come here to cause division and conflict. This is something that perplexes me to no end. You also inflict inflammatory language and repetetive mantras with no apparent purpose other than to inflame and to divide. Then you typically end with slogans such as "peace, mercy", etc

I don't understand your agenda, but I want it to stop.

Scott said...

And please - don't start it again on this post as I will immediately delete.

Many thanks in advance, for respecting these wishes.

Nathan said...

Hey Mato , rather than hide behind a computer keyboard why don't you post your phone number so we can discuss this in a human voice ? I will call you immediately if you do and talk face to face about things . It won't be confrontational or angry but would put a human touch to this and possibly change things for the better . I'm serious ...Thanks Peace Nathan .

Helen said...

Hi everyone,
I think if in the future, we just TOTALLY ignore the post from ALL of the trouble makers. (yes, I know I did answer one, but I won't again)

If no one responds it will just have to dry up!

Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Blessings to all of you. :)

WVBORN56 said...

Good idea Pastor did an Elder meeting devotional on Tuesday night from Ephesians 4:1-6 on unity in the body. The whole time he is giving it I am thinking about our group here. He started with verses 4-6 and then came back to verses 1-3.

Gateway Bible has this section titled unity and maturity

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

God's word is so rich and powerful!