Rivlin to Yad Vashem officials: Israel is not compensation for the Holocaust

In a somewhat shocking opening statement to the Yad Vashem International Leadership mission that had just arrived from Poland to Israel, President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday said, “The State of Israel is not by any means a compensation to the Jewish people for the atrocities carried out against them in the Holocaust. Israel was not created because of the Holocaust,” said Rivlin.

“Israel exists because Jews have the universal right to national self-determination in their historical homeland.”

Rivlin explained that he himself is a seventh-generation Israeli whose family came from Lithuania in 1809.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rivlin-to-Yad-Vashem-officials-Israel-is-not-compensation-for-the-Holocaust-460026

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