Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, speaking at a ceremony Thursday marking 70 years since the Allied victory over the Nazis, said his new government would examine ways of leveraging the shifting alliances in the Middle East to possibly move the peace process forward.
“The biggest challenge is Iran’s attempts to arm itself with nuclear weapons, and in parallel to open fronts of terrorism and occupation throughout the Middle East around our borders,” he said. Israel knows that it is not the only country in the region threatened by Iran. “This creates joint interests and also perhaps creates opportunities to develop alliances and possibly move peace forward.”
Some 1.5 million Jews fought in Allied armies and in the Resistance against the Nazis in World War II, and some 250,000 Jewish soldiers were killed. Hundreds of veterans took part in the ceremony. Netanyahu said the first lesson learned from the days of the Holocaust “was that we must be capable, prepared and able to defend ourselves by ourselves against any threat.”