Netanyahu: Those Who Want to Destroy Israel Will Be Destroyed Themselves
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning those who want to destroy Israel and the Jewish people that they will be destroyed themselves.
Netanyahu spoke at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem memorial to 6 million Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"Iran and the Islamic State want to destroy us, and hatred for Jews is being directed towards the Jewish state today," Netanyahu said. "We must be able to defend ourselves by ourselves against all threats and any enemy."
He said this lesson from the Holocaust guides him every day and that lesson is also the "supreme duty" of every Israeli prime minister. But he said there are many cases in which the world did not learn the lessons from Nazi Germany's attempt to wipe out the Jewish people.
Sunday's ceremony included six Holocaust survivors lighting six torches.
In New York, President Donald Trump told the World Jewish Congress that the mind "cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss" of the Holocaust.
Trump Again Calls Leaders of China and Japan to Discuss North Korea
President Donald Trump has again made separate telephone calls from the White House to the leaders of Japan and China to discuss concerns about North Korea.
The 30-minute call between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meant to increase pressure on Pyongyang not to engage in further provocative actions, but was not prompted by any significant change in the situation, according to officials in Tokyo.
"We agreed to strongly demand North Korea, which is repeating its provocation, show restraint," Abe told reporters in Tokyo on Monday.
"We will maintain close contact with the United States, maintain a high level of vigilance and firmly respond," he added.
Abe also said he and Trump agreed that a larger role in dealing with Pyongyang should be played by China.
Trump subsequently spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The Chinese president, on the call, said he hopes all sides avoid doing anything to worsen the tense situation on the Korean peninsula, according to the news agency.
White House officials earlier on Sunday had confirmed to VOA News the calls to Abe and Trump would be made but they released no immediate details.
U.S. officials have repeatedly said all options remain "on the table" to deal with further North Korean provocations.