YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The leader of the Jewish community in Armenia told a news conference Thursday that the reason Israel has not recognized the Armenian Genocide is for reasons of national security and economic development.
Speaking to reporters, Rima Varzhapetyan added that Israel cannot endanger its relations with Turkey by recognizing the Genocide.
Varzhapetyan rationalized that while Israel does not use the word “genocide,” it should not mean that Israel does not recognize the Armenian Genocide. She explained that those who are aware of the genocide recognize it, “but we must also take into consideration the fact that a lot of people don’t know about it.”
“Students in Israeli schools are taught about the genocide but the events are characterized as slaughters. The Jewish Community has made efforts to make the issue of the Armenian Genocide heard in the Israeli Knesset,” she said, expressing hope that the matter will be placed on the legislature’s agenda.
She explained that the Turkish and Azeri lobbies are very strong within the Knesset, adding that any future recognition would not be in opposition to Turkey but for historical justice.
She expressed hope that by the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide both Israel and the US would recognize the crime.
Varzhapetyan said that 320 Jewish families live in Armenia.