Earlier this week Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Paris meeting with the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron. Netanyahu was in town to help the French commemorate the sad 75th anniversary of the French decision to expel all of their Jews from the nation.
One of the key aspects of their conversation hinged on the truth that political Islam wants nothing more than to destroy all opposition, including Europe, which seems to be the likely next target.
Netanyahu addressed Israeli-Palestinian relations, saying that political Islam is an obstacle to peace in that region and is spreading to Europe.
“Political Islam seeks to destroy both Israel and European countries,” he said in his statement. “We have heard extremist voices that not only call for the destruction of the Jewish state, but the Jews themselves and everyone who objects to and opposes their way.” He also added that the refusal of Palestinians to recognize the state of Israel will not allow a peace agreement to be made.
The Israeli prime minister continued his criticism, stating that radical Islam seeks to not only destroy Israel, but also France and the West.
“The radical Islam that Iran and ISIS represent seeks to destroy us and destroy Europe. Israel is their first goal. They do not hate the West because of Israel, but they hate Israel because of the West. They are trying to destroy us and you, and since France is a great power they will not ignore it,” warned Netanyahu.
For his part Macron argued that France must recognize that the anti-Semites have shifted gears in the way they express their hate for Jews. Today, anti-Zionism has become the new way for racist anti-Semites to express their hatred of the Jewish people.
Macron commented on anti-Semitism stating that “anti-Zionism” is the new form of anti-Semitism in Europe. He also stressed that France must acknowledge their responsibility in the Holocaust. His statement sharply contrasts that of his former presidential opponent Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front party who stated that France did not bear accountability in the Holocaust.
The details of Netanyahu’s conversation with Macron comes on the heels of his trip to visit with the V4 leaders (leaders of the nations Hungary, Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia) where Netanyahu was heard warning the V4 to keep their borders closed if they wanted to protect their citizens. During his meeting with the V4, Netanyahu urged them to push Europe to recognize the existential danger that the continent currently faces and to give more support to Israel who is the only MidEast nation that actually shares the values of Europe.
Netanyahu is desperately working to find new partners in economic growth and in security as Israel continues to find itself in the most tenuous of situations, surrounded by enemies and hated by the world.
I hope his recent tour through Europe saw his message find ears that were ready to listen to what he had to say. The people of Israel know better than most of the rabid appetite for destruction that political Islam has, as such we should all be ready to hear what Netanyahu has to say about the subject.