In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan Thursday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at what he called Europe's "strange fusion" of radical Islam and the far left.
“There is a new boiling anti-semitism of radical Islam that sweeps Europe as a whole, and there’s a strange fusion – it’s the only word I can use to describe it — a fusion with the anti-semitism of the radical far, far left,” Netanyahu said.
“This is the strangest union you could possibly contemplate,” he added, “because radical Muslims -- they stone women, they execute gays, they are against any human rights, against feminism, against... what have you. And the far left is supposed to be for these things.”
“There’s a difference in the way that Europeans views Israel and Americans view Israel,” the prime minister said. While the United States maintains historically favorable views toward Israel, the Jewish state has become increasingly unpopular in Europe, the Washington Times adds. Most surveys across the continent show far greater support for Palestinians compared to Israelis.
Additionally, Mr. Netanyahu weighed in on the increasingly tense conflict between Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and rebel fighters. Gaddafi is "no friend of Israel," he unhesitatingly asserted.
Prime Minister Netanyahu also responded to the recent horrific murder of an Israeli settler family in the West Bank and defended the country's decision to press forward with expanding settlements. "You kill, we build," he said.