Anti-Semitism “is now becoming fashionable again,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a conference convened to to discuss anti-Semitism on Tuesday.
Speaking by video link, Netanyahu told attendees at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism Conference held in Jerusalem that “three arguments are put forward by the anti-Semites all the time, and they are false all the time.”
“The first is that Israel is guilty of war crimes. We, who fight war criminals with measured means, whose cities are attacked by terrorists who fire from built-up areas and try to pinpoint the rocketeers — we are accused of war crimes by the war criminals. That is one facet of the vilification that we experience,” Netanyahu said.
“The second is that we are expansionists, we don’t want peace, we never agree to compromise. That’s patently false,” Netanyahu continued, before adding his final point.
“The third argument is that we are violators of human rights. Did you hear that? Israel, the one country in the vast expanse that recognizes the rights of everyone — women, minorities, every individual — who have access to the best court system in the world. Israel has a free press and a vibrant democracy, and Israel is accused of violating human rights.”
Watch a video of Netanyahu’s speech to the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism below: