As world leaders flock to Jerusalem, Netanyahu compares lessons of Auschwitz to Iran
I am heading to Latvia to minister, but motorist have been told not to come to Jerusalem. It will take eight hours! With some of most powerful world leaders coming, security will be intense!
They are arriving in Jerusalem for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the opportunity to draw attention to the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program.
“The lesson of Auschwitz is: One, stop bad things when they’re small, and Iran is a very bad thing. It’s not that small but it could get a lot bigger with nuclear weapons, and I think the first thing is stop that,” he said in an interview with TBN. “And second, understand that the Jews will never ever again be defenseless in the face of those who want to destroy them. These are the two things that I think are important.”
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on Jan. 27 and this year, on the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, ceremonies to commemorate this are taking place a couple days before the official anniversary at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
Nearly 50 world leaders — from presidents to kings — are expected to arrive in Jerusalem this week for the main event, Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism. With this many foreign dignitaries arriving, this has become the largest diplomatic gathering in the history of the Jewish state. When Israel started planning this event, organizers expected only about 10 international leaders.
“I welcome the leaders from around the world who are coming here, to Jerusalem, to mark with us 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp,” Netanyahu said on social media. “It is important that they remember where we came from, and it is important that they see what we have achieved.”
Israel will deploy 10,000 police officers throughout Jerusalem and close major roads near hotels and venues the leaders will be visiting. Israel also warned the Hamas terror group against disrupting the gathering.
In addition to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles of England, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zolenskyy and many more leaders from Romania, Italy, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Bosnia, Iceland, Armenia, Australia, Canada and other nations are expected.
State visits will take place before and after the main event. Pence and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will meet with Netanyahu at the American Embassy in Jerusalem and Pence is expected to visit the Western Wall before he leaves. Putin will meet with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem and with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.