Netanyahu Opens New Auschwitz Exhibit

Israeli prime minister also says Israel will defend itself from new Holocaust
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 3:28 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at "The Book of Names," a list of Jewish victims, at the opening of a new pavilion at Auschwitz, in Oswiecim, Poland.   (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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(Newser) – Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated a new exhibit at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland today, and he used the occasion to issue a warning to Iran and other Israeli enemies, reports the BBC and Jerusalem Post.

  • "From here, the place that attest to the desire to destroy us, I, the prime minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, say to all the nations of the world: The state of Israel will do whatever is necessary to prevent another Holocaust."

The AP notes that Netanyahu has taken criticism for citing the Holocaust too often, but he doubled down on the Poland trip. The new exhibit includes a list of Jews killed in the Holocaust, and Netanyahu found the name of his father-in-law's twin sister. "If there are Holocaust deniers, have them come to Block 27 and go over one name at a time," he said, in a not-so-subtle reference to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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