FM Shalom’s Statement During Wreath Laying Ceremony in Moscow
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Adviser)
FM Silvan Shalom lays wreath in Moscow (June 10, 2003)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom laid a wreath today (June 10) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the Red Army Memorial Site, by the walls of the Kremlin.
Foreign Minister Shalom stated that the Jewish people and the State of Israel are appreciative and grateful to the Red Army and its commanders who achieved victory over the Nazi monster. This victory also contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel.
FM Silvan Shalom meets with Russian FM Igor Ivanov in Moscow
The Jewish people who lost six million of its sons and daughters during the war will always remember the courage of the Red Army soldiers. In the course of the battles, 200,000 Jewish officers and soldiers were killed. Together with the Israeli people, I bow my head before the Red Army soldiers and commanders and our own people who fought and were slain in the course of their duties, for the sake of our future.
Foreign Minister Shalom added that many of the disabled and veterans of the Second World War now live in Israel and receive special treatment by the Israeli authorities and Government, as well as by the Israeli people.
The State of Israel and Russia are facing new threats in the form of international terrorism. We will not allow anyone to threaten the Jewish people. To all those who wish to destroy us, we say, "Never Again!"
Officers from the National Security Institute participated in the ceremony together with the Foreign Minister.