TEL AVIV, Israel – The Israeli Army’s strength is the best response to global anti-Semitism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to a poll that showed that more than a quarter of Europeans believe that Israeli leadership itself spurs anti-Jewish sentiment.
Published on: Nov 30, 2018 @ 15:46
“The best response to anti-Semitism is the State of Israel and the IDF,” Netanyahu, who currently serves as acting Defense Minister, told his troops on Tuesday.
“Once we were a leaf driven by the wind, they could kill us, and today we have the power to respond,” he said.
Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the IDF has served as the backbone of Israeli occupation, not timid to go to war where there is no “other choice.”
The so-called fighting spirit of the IDF, Netanyahu believes, extends all the way back to ancient times when the Maccabees, a group of Jewish warriors, took control of Judea from the Seleucid Empire in the second century BC.
“The spirit of the Maccabees is here – you are the Maccabees. We overcame our enemies with the extraordinary strength and extraordinary spirit I see here, which I see in the IDF and all our warriors,” Netanyahu said.
Denying Israel’s right to exist is the “definitive” form of anti-Semitism, according to the Israeli Prime Minister, denouncing the results of a poll that found that more than 28 percent of Europeans believe that anti-Jewish sentiments in their countries are mainly fueled by actions of the Israeli leadership itself.
This of course effectively shows that Israel is refusing to acknowledge that their reputation in Europe is continually diminishing as the world can more accessibly see Israeli apartheid in action in occupied Palestine thanks to social media and smart phones.
Meanwhile, about 18% said that anti-Semitism was a response to the daily behavior of the Jewish people.
“Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli policies – the idea that the Jewish people do not have the right to a state, that’s the ultimate anti-Semitism of today,” Netanyahu told CNN, responding to the results. “I think anti-Semitism is an ancient disease and when you raise your ugly head, it first attacks the Jews, but never stops it, and then sweeps away whole societies.”