February 17, 2019

Israel Must Remain Tough on Holocaust Deniers

“In the past, when Israel was very isolated diplomatically, the arrival of a visiting prime minister or president was always a big deal, but those days are long over. That will help explain why the visit last week of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was barely mentioned, if at all, in the Hebrew-language media, and the same thing will probably happen this week during Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis two-day visit in Jerusalem. Such visits, especially by leaders of countries with limited political clout or little strategic importance to Israel, are no longer of any interest to our local media in, since they’ve become mundane, and ostensibly are not newsworthy.

For many of us, however, who were personally affected by the Shoah, as well as those directly involved in the wide range of issues concerning the Holocaust and the preservation of its memory, such visits are far from irrelevant. The arrival in Israel of the leaders of the countries where the Holocaust transpired, are opportunities for the leaders of our one and only Jewish state to take these guests to Yad Vashem, and to try to advance various Holocaust-related issues in face to face discussions. In fact, in recent years this has become even more important than ever, in the case of the leaders of post-Communist Eastern Europe, where the problem of Holocaust distortion has become increasingly important and dangerous.

For those unacquainted with the term, it refers to a systematic attempt, not to deny that the Shoah took place, but rather to rewrite the narrative of World War II…”

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