JERUSALEM: Israel briefly got here to a standstill on Thursday with the morning bustle halted for 2 minutes at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) as sirens blared to honour the victims of the Holocaust.
In an annual ritual, pedestrians froze in place and drivers stopped and stood in silence beside their automobiles, honouring the six million Jews killed by the Nazis throughout World War Two.
Ceremonies befell throughout the nation, in distinction to final yr when coronavirus restrictions compelled most memorials to be held on-line solely and when the ageing survivors of the genocide have been confined indoors.
Israel, with greater than half its inhabitants vaccinated, has now lifted some of its pandemic restrictions.
At Jerusalem‘s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday once more drew a parallel between the Nazi genocide and the menace he says the Jewish state faces from Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme.
Netanyahu insisted Israel wouldn’t be certain to a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran if that might allow the Islamic republic to develop nuclear weapons.
Discussions are underway in Vienna aimed toward rescuing the 2015 worldwide settlement on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“An agreement with Iran that would pave the way for nuclear weapons … would in no way be binding on us,” the prime minister stated.
“During the Holocaust, we had neither the capacity to defend ourselves nor the sovereignty to do so,” Netanyahu added.
“Today we have a state, a defence force and we have the full and natural right as a sovereign state of the Jewish people to defend ourselves against our enemies.”
Israel accuses its arch foe Iran of searching for to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its nuclear programme is civilian in nature.