This evening marks the start of Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Absolutely everything in Tel Aviv is closed, and it feels like Friday nights perhaps ought to and Yom Kippur doesn’t (because secular Israelis use it as an excuse to take their kids cycling).
One thing that did not shut today, however, was the hateful mouth of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, using the platform shamelessly provided him at the so-called UN anti-racism conference, in Geneva, to label Israel a “totally racist”, illegitimate state.
Make no mistake, the threat that Ahmadinejad poses to Israel’s very existence is a real and terrifying one. He is today’s Hitler.
A mere 64 years after the end of the Second World War, however, the State of Israel has completely transformed the position of Jews the world over – from (in the main) “lambs to the slaughter”, to a people that even genocidal maniacs like Ahmadinejad will think twice about messing with.
It is no secret that Israel possesses submarines capable of launching nuclear weapons, and Ahmadinejad knows only too well that even if he (heaven forbid) succeeds in striking Israel, he will be responsible for the decimation of Iran, and probably much of the Arab world too.
Whilst this might seem small comfort, it reflects, sadly, the reality of a world over which a fascist strain of Islam is taking an ever stronger grip, and in which weapons of mass destruction are falling into the hands of tyrants, both religious and otherwise (aided by the unscrupulous, godless mercenary that is Putin’s Russia).
So, this Yom Ha’Shoah – even whilst Ahmadinejad might be “giving it the big one” in front of the international media – we Jews should proudly be reminding ourselves that, because of the State of Israel, “Never again” will we find ourselves in the position of the Six Million . . .
Try to destroy us again, and we’ll be taking all you bastards with us!