Yesterday marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. The day is titled the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Israeli president, Shimon Perez, made a state visit and delivered a speech in Hebrew to the German Parliament.
President Perez attended various gatherings honoring the estimated six million Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust – and specifically those Jews who lived in Berlin who were forced from their homes and deported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Germany's leadership was prominent at every occasion, demonstrating the new page both in history and perspective of the event and peoples.
At a news conference with President Perez, the German chancellor Angela Merkel made a clear warning to Iran over its nuclear program. She said Germany remained committed to a diplomatic solution, but that time was running out – a similar message to that of US President Barak Obama said in his state of the Union Address and a statement released by French President Sarkosy.
President Perez urged the international community to “dismantle the threat to world peace which is being articulated in the Iranian regime”.
IT is clear Israel's goal of associating the memory of the holocaust, with that of the potential threat from Iran – was made.
Now we will wait and see if the world responds differently than it did in the past.
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Middle East Correspondant