In Wake of Iranian Missile Threat Against Israel- Simon Wiesenthal Center Commends Secretary of State Tillerson’s Tough Stand on Iran

April 19, 2017

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center commends President Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson for their strong stand against the Iranian regime’s continued support for terrorism and their continuing threats to Israel,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human Rights NGO.

Photo: Iran’s military parade this weekend displaying missiles painted with "Death to Israel"

“The Jewish people have learned the brutal lesson from the Nazi Holocaust, that when a leader threatens you with genocide you take such threats seriously. The world, including many Jewish leaders dismissed Hitler’s early threats against the Jewish people as bombast. The scope of death and destruction of WWII and the unspeakable horrors of the Shoah have taught us to never again dismiss such threats as empty rhetoric. Unfortunately, the previous administration believed that it could moderate the Mullah’s actions and words through negotiation and perks," the continued.

"We are grateful that the Trump Administration is basing it's policies on Iranian behavior, not wishful thinking,” Center official concluded.

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