Netanyahu Cautions Against Iran Deal at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

President Rivlin honors survivors who lost their lives to COVID-19 at the ceremony marking the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, April 2021.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, April 2021.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Jonathan Lis
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that a nuclear deal with Iran that "threatens our destruction, will not obligate us," at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. President Reuven Rivlin also spoke at the ceremony.

"At a time when we are moving forward, there are things that can take us backwards. The nuclear deal with Iran is on the table again," Netanyahu said.

"These type of deals with extremist regimes are worth nothing. To our good friends as well, I say, 'the deal with Iran that poses an threatens our destruction will not obligate us.' There is only one thing that we will be committed to – deterring all those who wish to annihilate us from achieving their goal," the prime minister said.

President Rivlin honored Holocaust survivors who died of the coronavirus in his speech.

"Nine hundred Holocaust survivors in Israel have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic," Rivlin said. "They survived the ghettos and the death camps – yet in the last battle of their lives they were alone and hungry for human touch, far from their loved ones. Tonight, our hearts are with their and their families,' he said.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem, April 2021.Credit: Kobi Gideon / Lem

Netanyahu also spoke of the plight of Holocaust survivors during the pandemic. "We are ailing from the loss of 900 Holocaust survivors who did not survive this war. We did not succeed in [vaccinating] everyone in time," Netanyahu said.  

On Thursday at 10:00 A.M., the nation will come to a standstill, with sirens sounding for two minutes in honor of the victims. At 10:02 wreaths will be laid at Yad Vashem

At 11:00 A.M “Every Person Has a Name” ceremony will be held at Yad Vashem and the Knesset. The day continues with ceremonies at 1:00 and 3:00 P.M.

Holocaust Rememberance day ends with a ceremony at 4:45 P.M. at the Ghetto Fighters House Museum.

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