WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu said he hopes the "adversaries of the Jews do their own personal accounting" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
In a speech to Jewish leaders and others at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Israeli prime minister said there are "three lies" that Israel’s opponents tell: that the Holocaust didn’t happen, that Israel has been the "aggressor in the conflict" and that "we are foreign colonialists in the Land of Israel."
"We’re not conquerers, colonialists, strange interlopers from some faraway continent," he said. "Israel is the land of our past and the land of our future."
Netanyahu asked that Jews light one additional candle this Yom Kippur — "a candle of truth and justice, for the Jewish people and Jewish state."