2017-04-25 14:16:18 UTC
WATCH: Netanyahu – Four Million Lives Would’ve Been Saved If Allies Had
Bombed Death Camps Immediately
by DEBORAH DANAN24 Apr 20174,030
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TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed western
powers during his speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying that Allied
powers knew of the atrocities happening to Jews in death camps and had they
have acted on that knowledge they would have saved the lives of four million
Jews and millions of others.
The prime minister cited newly released documents from the UN that show the
Allied forces were aware of the extent of the Holocaust in 1942 – two and
half years earlier than previously assumed.
It was a “chilling revelation,” Netanyahu said.
“If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps — and all that was
needed was repeated bombing of the camps — had they acted then, they could
have saved four million Jews and millions of other people,” he said at the
official state Yom HaShoah ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in
“When terrible crimes were being committed against the Jews, when our
brothers and sisters were being sent to the furnaces,” he said, “the powers
knew and did not act.”
According to Netanyahu, the Holocaust was the result of three elements
coming together: a deep hatred of the Jews, global apathy to the horrors
that occurred, and “the terrible weakness of our people in the Diaspora.”
Anti-Semitism had not disappeared, and neither was it likely to in the
foreseeable future, he said. It was made worse by Iran and the Islamic
State, he added. This was to be the only mention of the Islamic republic in
his speech, a marked departure from previous years in which he would single
out Iran several times.
Global indifference was still alive today too, Netanyahu said.
“True, since World War II there has not been a tragedy similar in scope to
the Holocaust,” he said. “But there are many cases where the world stood
aside and did not prevent genocide or mass murder: in Biafra, Cambodia,
Rwanda, Sudan and also in Syria.”
He noted one “ray of light” in the “determined response of President
[Donald] Trump to the slaughter of Syrian children with chemical weapons.”
However, one element that had changed was that the Jews were no longer weak.
“The weak do not have much chance of survival,” he said. “The strong
survive; the weak are wiped out … our people learned this in the Holocaust.”
“We replaced the weakness with strength; from a helpless people we turned
into a strong nation; from a nation without defense we turned into a state
with a defense force, one of the strongest in the world.”
The lesson of the Holocaust, he said, “is that we must be able to defend
ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat, against any enemy.”
He warned that “those who plan to annihilate us are placing themselves in
danger of annihilation.”
He added that this was neither a provocation nor an exaggeration, but rather
“the only way to truly ensure our future.”