European Parliament President Addresses Knesset

By Hamodia Staff

Speaker of the Knesset Mickey Levy at his seat in the plenum. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, spoke for Israel and against antisemitism in a speech at a special session of the Knesset on Monday.

“It is, to many outside of Israel, inconceivable that Israel’s right to existence is still put into question. Let me be clear: Europe will always back Israel’s right to exist,” Metsola said. “It pains me to say that, today we are seeing antisemitism on the rise. We know that is a warning sign for humanity. It matters to all of us.”

Furthermore, she declared: “I will not be ambiguous: To be anti-Semitic is to be anti-European.”

As a spokesperson for Europe, she said the expected about peace in the Middle East:

“The European Parliament firmly supports the Middle East Peace Process. We support a two-state solution – with the secure State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security,” Metsola said.

“I know there are those who do not agree. I know there have been multiple false starts to this process. I know that not everyone sees peace as a goal. And I know how hard it must be to tell a mother whose child has been killed that peace is the answer. And there are too many such mothers. Far too many,” she said.

She cited recent breakthroughs in the region that indicate peace is not an impossibility. “The Abraham Accords may well have seemed inconceivable only a short while ago, but they proved that history does not always have to repeated. That the cycle can indeed be broken.”

Before her speech, Metsola met with Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy, who asked her “to condition donations to the Palestinian Authority upon the cessation of incitement,” The Times of Israel reported.

The European Union provides the PA with about €214 million in annual aid, and the EP is one of the EU’s legislative bodies. “For about two months, Israel has been in the midst of a wave of terrorism fueled by severe incitement against Jews and against Israel,” Levy said. “Unfortunately, it connects to institutionalized and permanent incitement that we are witnessing in textbooks in the Palestinian Authority that are also funded by the European Union.”

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