Ahead of President Obama’s speech at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Monday, The Jerusalem Post published an op-ed piece by Rafael Medoff entitled “The speech Obama should give at the Holocaust Museum.”
“One major mistake was our government’s hesitancy to acknowledge, loudly and clearly, that the Jews were being singled out for mass annihilation. During my years in the United States Senate, I said the US should publicly recognize that Turkey perpetrated genocide against the Armenians. Presidents, of course, face a unique array of pressures and considerations, and during my first years in office, I chose to use the Armenian term ‘Meds Yeghem,’ rather than ‘genocide,’ out of sensitivity to Turkey’s objections. But failing to acknowledge genocide paves the way for future genocides. I cannot be a party to that. From now on, I will not hesitate to state clearly that what the Armenians suffered was genocide,” writes Medoff.
Read the entire Jerusalem Post article.