Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Holocaust survivors of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation on the occasion of ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ on 27/1/2016
By: News reporter of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ foundation
There was enormous excitement today, Wednesday 26/1/2016, among the Holocaust survivors of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation’s ‘Warm Home for Holocaust Survivors’ when they met with Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu in his Tel Aviv office. The meeting took place on the occasion of the ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’, which will fall on Wednesday 27/1/2016. This day is marked in the different countries of the world, and this date was chosen because it was the day when the extermination camp Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army…to remember and not to forget!
During this most exciting meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “The Holocaust took place because the Jewish people had no country, today whilst we have a country with a strong army, we can cope with all of those who want also today to destroy us.” The Prime Minister further added to his remarks to the Holocaust survivors: “When I see all of you I say- the People of Israel is alive, and my duty as Prime Minister is to continue to concern myself that we have a country that can defend all its inhabitants. For me your stories are not just a memory but a commandment.” Prime Minister Netanyahu turned to founder and director of the foundation Mr. Shimon Sabag, and said to him: “I want to thank you Shimon, I am grateful to you for all the sacred activity that you do and on each day, for the benefit and wellbeing of the Holocaust survivors in general in Israel.” Prime Minister Netanyahu was happy to hear that the Holocaust survivors are contented and blessed the fact that there is such a foundation as ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ that helps so many people.
At the conclusion of the exciting meeting, he again turned to the Holocaust survivors and said to them: “Your lives are strongly intertwined with every story of the revival of the People of Israel and the State of Israel.” Founder and director of the foundation Mr. Shimon Sabag thanked the Prime Minister that he set aside precious time from his highly busy schedule, and told him that today he fulfilled the dreams of the Holocaust survivors who did not believe that in their lives they would be able to shake hands with the Prime Minister of Israel. He thanked him very much for listening so attentively to the stories of survival of all the survivors who took part in the visit, and also thanked his wife Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu who does a lot of work for the Holocaust survivors in Israel, and even invited her to visit the loving home of the foundation where the Holocaust survivors are living.
Photos: Kobi Gideon/Ltd., Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Holocaust survivors of the ‘Yad Ezer Lechaver’ foundation on the occasion of ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ (26/1/2016), Joe Lotsiano.