How ironic that the President of Switzerland, the same state that served as the notorious banker of Nazi Germany, secretly offered his services to Iran: he is willing to host a Holocaust conference in Geneva. The topic? “Various Perceptions of the Holocaust.”
“Switzerland offers ‘Holocaust perception’ meet with Iran,” by Gil Yaron for YNET:
Switzerland secretly approached Iran offering to hold a conference regarding “various perceptions of the Holocaust” in Geneva, the Swiss magazine Weltwoche reported earlier this week.
The proposal was made via confidential memorandum from Switzerland’s President, Micheline Calmy-Rey, to Iranian deputy foreign minister Saaid Jalili, during his visit in Switzerland last December.
The Swiss foreign ministry objected to the idea, annulling it. Calmy-Rey’s proposal, which would have voiced anew the Iranian doubts over the very existence of the Holocaust, outraged many Jewish organizations, which demanded she apologize.
Calmy-Rey was subject to her own party’s criticism as well, as her accusers said that should her proposal be realized she would have compromised Switzerland’s international diplomatic status.
Western diplomats described the proposal as a “clumsy, dangerous idea, intended to help Iran out of its seclusion.” The Weltwoche magazine, which broke the story, called the idea “a stupid, naÃ¯ve notion” saying the Iranians would have clearly used the conference for their own agenda.
The Swiss president, the magazine assumed, hoped the proposal would push the Swiss initiative for alternative negotiations between Tehran and the West over the Iranian nuclear plan.
The Swiss president refused to comment on the report in the Weltwoche, but issued a statement saying “the existence of the Holocaust is a historical fact and must never be doubted.”
Then why offer Iran a chance to deny the Holocaust on Swiss soil?
Crossposted from The American Israeli Patriot.