Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called on the Pope to make a “personal and public” condemnation of those who deny the Holocaust – and not just rely on written statements. Olmert gave his message to Pope Benedict XVI on a visit to Rome. He said the Pope’s position on the genocide of Jews during World War Two needed to be unambiguous.
Benedict did strongly condemn a conference being held in Tehran this week that questioned the reality of the Holocaust – but only in a written statement. The meeting assembled anti-Zionists from across the world. Many of them claim the killing of Jews during World War Two was either exaggerated or fabricated to create a political pretext for the creation of Israel. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Tehran conference that “the Zionist regime would soon be wiped out.”