Israeli people ready for Armenian Genocide recognition - professor

March 30, 2013 - 18:37 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Professor of Open University of Israel, historian
Yair Auron said he didn't rule out the recognition of the Armenian
Genocide by Israeli government in the near future.

In conversation with a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, he cited the current
geopolitical situation, problems with Turkey and the commonality
between the Genocide and Holocaust to prove his point.

`Knowledge about the Armenian Genocide changes the visions of Israeli
people,' Professor Auron said.

The Israeli historian had an invaluable contribution to the Armenian
Genocide awareness campaign, with two courses on Genocide studies
launched at the Open University of Israel.

`Harming Turkey is another reason why Israeli people are for the
recognition of the Armenian Genocide,' he said, slamming the approach
as negative, given the current tensions.

`The Armenian Genocide issue has been discussed in Israeli Knesset for
the past few years, with double standards applied, however. Israeli
authorities continue the struggle against the denial of holocaust,
whilst refusing to recognize the Genocide. Proposals on Genocide
recognition have been rejected five times,' he said.

The professor noted an open discussion of the issue in 2013 as the
first accomplishment, adding that it was previously discussed at the
Security Committee.