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PM Netanyahu on statement by Khaled Mashal

26 June 2014

PM Netanyahu on statement by Khaled Mashal

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Welcoming visiting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday, 24 June 2014, made the following remarks:

"We share a strong commitment to democracy, to freedom, to the rule of law. We also share a commitment on the fight against bigotry and all forms of anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance. And anti-Semitism has perhaps been the worst intolerance in history, and I think there is a special responsibility and need to combat the forms of anti-Semitism that we see emerging in parts of Europe. We have a centuries-old affinity between us and I believe that we have to make sure not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to embrace the future.

There are forces that seek to bring us back to a dark age. They're in the Middle East, but they also send their killers, fighters they call them, into Europe. And I think we need to define a clear fault line between civilization and savagery, and take concrete action against the forces of darkness.

Last night we heard Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, praise and defend the brutal kidnapping of the three innocent Israeli teenagers who were making their way home from school. Mashal once again made clear that Hamas remains committed to its war against Israel and its war against every Israeli citizen, and coincidently, against every Jew around the world.

So, how can President Abbas make an alliance with these terrorists who extol kidnapping? I appreciate what President Abbas said a few days ago in Saudi Arabia, rejecting the kidnapping. I think these were important words. Now, if he really means what he said about the kidnapping, and if he is truly committed to peace and to fighting terrorism, then logic and common sense mandate that he break his pact with Hamas. This is the only way that we can move forward.

I think this is something that is shared by many in Europe who understand that the quest for peace and stability and tranquility means that we have to fight the forces of terror, intolerance and darkness. There can be no alliance with the kidnappers of children.

Prime Minister, it's something that I know you share, and I know these are common values. Those values are expressed in our cooperation and I look forward to further strengthening the alliance and the friendship between Romania and Israel. Welcome to Jerusalem."

Ends.


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