Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said that Israel’s existence today is not because of sympathy after the Holocaust, but instead because it was rightfully given to them as it is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people.
The comments came a day after the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, a meeting of senior Nazi officials by a Berlin lake that is seen as a key moment when Germany began implementing the plan to systematically round up and kill all Jews in Europe.
Bennett said that as prime minister, he was aware of the “tremendous responsibility” he has for “the existence of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel.”
“I don’t forget that at the moment of truth… that no one (except for rare exceptions) cared about the fate of our people. The world did not lift a finger,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“The State of Israel isn’t ours ‘thanks to’ the Holocaust, but because the Land of Israel was, is still and will always remain the home of the Jewish people,” he added.
He added that a “strong, secure, independent, thriving, diverse, free and united” Israel was needed to “ensure the existence of the Jewish people.” And despite the differences in the country, particularly in politics, he said Israel remained “one united heart.”
“Together we will safeguard our beloved country,” Bennett said.
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