Correspondent in Jerusalem
Updated:01/24/2020 16: 04h
Iran became the central theme of the speeches that Benjamin Netanyahu Y Mike Pence they delivered at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, held in Jerusalem on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. The leaders of Israel and the United States took advantage of the presence of fifty leaders from around the world to lash out at “the only government” that “denies the Holocaust” and threatens to “erase Israel from the map,” according to Pence, and to ask “To all governments any effort to confront Iran,” in the words of the Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu warned that “the Jewish people have learned the lessons of the Holocaust to always take seriously the threats of those who aspire to destroy us” and made it clear that their “superior commitment” is the promise that “there will be no other Shoah, there will be no other Holocaust”. The Israeli leader thanked Pence and Trump for their decision in applying the strategy of maximum pressure on the Iranians.
This appeal against which the prime minister defined as the “most anti-Semitic regime on the planet” came in the middle of an anniversary in which Vladimir Putin He was the president with greater prominence. The Russian president, who inaugurated a monument in honor of the fallen in the siege of Leningrad in a central park of the holy city, did not speak of Iran and opted to organize a summit of the permanent member countries of the UN Security Council in 2020 to “defend peace” against instability in the world. Putin also took the opportunity to vindicate the role of the Soviet Union in the fight against Nazism and recalled his contribution to ending the “systematic murder” of Jews.
The leading role of Russia and Putin’s accusations of recent days about his supposed alliance with the Nazis did not like Poland and therefore the president of the country, Andrezj Duda, declined the invitation to take part in this forum. The presidents of Lithuania and Ukraine were also not present.
Rise of anti-Semitism
At the ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Museum, under the weight of the images and memories of the six million victims, the words of the president of Germany could also be heard, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who addressed those present “with the heavy historical burden of guilt” and said he would like “to be able to say that the Germans have learned from history,” but warned of “the extent of hatred and anti-Semitism.” It was one of the most emotional interventions.
Prince Charles of Wales, who starred in one of the curious moments of the day by not greeting Pence, presidents like Emmanuel Macron or Sergio Mattarellaand the king Philip VI, which also holds the honorary title of King of Jerusalem, a title that dates back to the Middle Ages, was part of the long entourage that participated in which the local media qualified as the most important event organized in the country. An act that concluded with a message of unity and commitment in the fight against anti-Semitism.