JERUSALEM, Israel -- A nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat not only to Israel but also to the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Wednesday night during opening ceremonies at Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum.
"On this day, when our entire nation gathers together to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the six million Jews who were murdered, we must fulfill our most sacred obligation. "This obligation is not merely an obligation to remember the past," he said.
With the Jewish state again facing calls for its annihilation, it's critical to apply lessons learned from the Nazi genocide.
"Today, the regime in Iran openly calls and determinedly works for our destruction. And it is feverishly working to develop atomic weapons to achieve that goal," Netanyahu said.
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While it's the duty of the whole world to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms capabilities, it is by far and away Israel's duty, he said, promising never to shy away from speaking the truth "no matter how uncomfortable it may seem to some."
"I will continue to speak the truth to the world, but first and foremost I must speak it to my own people. I know that my people are strong enough to hear the truth," he said. "The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat of the State of Israel. "The truth is that a nuclear-armed Iran is a political threat to other countries throughout the region and a grave threat to the world peace. "The truth is that Iran must be stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.
"The nation of Israel lives and the Eternal One of Israel does not lie," the prime minister concluded.