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Speaker of the European Parliament in the Knesset: To be anti-Semitic is to be anti-European

In a speech to the Knesset plenum, European Parliament Speaker Roberta Metsola said that to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-European.

“The ties of our people run deep,” Metsola said in a speech to MKs that was interrupted intermittently by shouts and boos from Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi and religious Zionist MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, between others.

Metsola says Israel and Europe have “a bond made in suffering and in salvation…a bond that has stood and will stand the test of time.” She proclaims that “to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-European”, sadly noting that “every day we still see attacks against Jews, against synagogues… the European Parliament is committed to breaking the cycle , to combat anti-Semitism”.

She says this is her first visit to Israel, but “it won’t be the last.” She notes her desire to deepen ties between Israel and the EU “in culture, science, trade, education, art, research and technology.”

“Europe will always support Israel’s right to exist,” Metsola said to applause. “Peace is difficult, but in Europe we know that peace is possible…peace with security, peace with freedom, peace with dignity, peace with justice.

Metsola reiterates his support for a two-state solution, “with a secure state of Israel and a viable independent democratic contiguous state of Palestine”, to applause and mockery. “I know there are some who disagree.”

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