In a speech already winning attention in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday compared Washington's deal with Iran to Europe's appeasement of Adolf Hitler which led to the Holocaust and world war.

In a speech at a Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu said, "Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence."

He noted that "ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quite at any price, and the terrible price did come."


His office tweeted out major segments of his speech. Part of this story is also based on the reporting by Arutz Sheva, Israeli National News.

In back-to-back tweets, he said, "Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a 'master race' as ruler of the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region and then spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state."


It didn't appear that he mentioned President Obama and the administration's effort to sell its Iran truce, but he promised to fight it even if Israel stands alone.

"Even if we will be forced to stand alone, we will not falter. We will maintain our right to defend ourselves," said Netanyahu who added that preventing another Holocaust is his "personal responsibility."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.