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.