May 25, 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday lashed out at European leaders over what he termed their failure to condemn the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
“There are elements in Europe who hasten to condemn every construction of an apartment in Jerusalem, but don’t hurry to condemn, or else meekly condemn, the murder of Jews,” Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
“We will stand up against this hypocrisy,” Netanyahu said, “We will protest it. We will continue to tell the truth incessantly, we will continue to fight terror and continue to fortify and build our state.”
Netanyahu’s lambasting of European leaders was not in fact accurate. Within an hour of the shooting, European foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton issued a condemnation and defined the attack as terrorist.
“I condemn unreservedly the dreadful attack today at the Jewish Museum in Brussels,” said Ashton. “I send my condolences to the families of the victims and express my solidarity with the Belgian authorities and the Jewish community. Everything possible must be done to find those who carried out this attack. There must be no impunity for terrorism.”
Netanyahu issued a similar statement on Saturday evening, calling the attack on the Jewish Museum in Belgium is the result of anti-Israeli incitement in Europe.
“This is the result of ceaseless incitement against the Jews and their state,” Netanyahu said. “On European soil, tales and falsehoods against the State of Israel continued to be heard, with a systematic disregard for the crimes against humanity and murderous acts that are perpetrated in our region.”
Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during the Saturday evening’s shooting in Brussels. A man has been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting at the museum and police are currently looking for a second suspect.