Netanyahu: Israel Must Prevent the Elimination of the Jewish People

On 70th anniversary of Wannsee Conference, PM Benjamin Netanyahu says that the will to destroy the Jewish people has not changed.

The Israeli government has the "right, duty and capability" to prevent the elimination of the Jewish people and the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting.

During the meeting, the cabinet marked the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference on the Nazi "Final Solution" for the Jewish people.

Netanyahu Jan. 22, 2012 (Moshe Milner / GPO)
Moshe Milner / GPO

Netanyahu said that the Jewish people's ability to defend itself was the main difference between 2012 and 1942.

"There is no lack of bitter enemies today," Netanyahu said. "The will to destroy the Jewish people has not changed. What has changed is our ability to defend ourselves and our determination to do so."

Last week, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

In the Yad Vashem guest book, Dempsey expressed the U.S. commitment to preventing a future Holocaust.

We are committed to ensuring that such a human tragedy never happens again, Dempsey wrote.

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