PM participates in Victory Day Parade alongside Putin; Leaders hold meeting centered on Iran in Syria; Netanyahu: There is a country in the Middle East, Iran, that is calling for the destruction of anther six million Jews.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, taking part in Russia’s Victory Day Parade.
Netanyahu attended the parade in Moscow’s Red Square, commemorating Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany 73 years ago. Following, he participated in a wreath laying ceremony before meeting with Russian veterans, some of which liberated Jews from Auschwitz.
He stated in a short speech “It is difficult for me to describe to you the depth of my impression from that moving ceremony to mark the victory over Nazism. We in Israel do not forget for a moment the great sacrifice of the Russian people and the Red Army in the victory over the Nazi monster.Sitting next to me, between us, was a veteran who was among the liberators of Auschwitz. We will never forget the meaning of your sacrifice, of those soldiers, along with the half a million Jewish soldiers in the Red Army, in ensuring the fate of Russia, of humanity and of our people, the Jewish people.”
He spoke of the threat then against the Jewish people, and now from Iran stating, “Neither do we forget the great lesson of the need to stand against a murderous ideology in time. It is unbelievable, but 73 years after the Holocaust, there is a country in the Middle East, Iran, that is calling for the destruction of anther six million Jews.”
The prime minister added, “The difference is that today we have a state and I very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss regional problems with you, the attempts as you put it, to resolve the crises, to lift the threats in a prudent and responsible manner.I conclude and say to you that I am very moved that you invited me to this parade as Prime Minister of Israel, as head of the state of the Jews, and you mentioned the Holocaust of the Jews today. This is additional testimony to the deep ties between our two peoples and I thank you for this.”
Both leaders then held their eighth meeting as part of ongoing military coordination on Syria. Netanyahu confirmed that during their meeting he “presented our perspective on issues including Iran’s secret nuclear archive and, of course, the current tension. I presented Israel’s obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory.”
On direct threats from Israel, he stated “The Iranians declare their intention to attack us. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel as part of their strategy to destroy the State of Israel. I told President Putin that it is the right of every state, certainly it is Israel’s right, to take such steps as are necessary to defend itself against this aggression. I think that matters were presented in a direct and forthright manner, and this is important. These matters are very important to Israel’s security at all times and especially at this time.”
Photo: Putin & Netanyahu in Victory Day Parade 2018, Screenshot, 2018