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President of the European Jewish Parliament building bridges with the Muslim world
YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ

Danish MEP: 'Europe has decided to live in total ignorance of what is the situation on the ground, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State of Israel'

It seems that Europe has just decided to live in total ignorance of what is the situation on the ground, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State of Israel. said Anders Vistisen, Danish Member of the European Parliament, in remarks about the EU negative reaction to US President Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. It is a fact, said Vistisen, who is first Vice Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), as he addressed the General Assembly of the European Jewish Parliament in the premises of the EU assembly.

BRUSELS (EJP---It seems that Europe has just decided to live in total ignorance of what is the situation on the ground, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State of Israel. said Anders Vistisen, Danish Member of the European Parliament, in remarks about the EU negative reaction to US President Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

It is a fact, said Vistisen, who is first Vice Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), as he addressed the General Assembly of the European Jewish Parliament in the premises of the EU assembly.

He found it a paradox that the people who are threatening to use violence and terrorism are seen as the victims while the people who are offering peace and offering to everyone to come to Jerusalem for worship are considered the aggressors.

I dont think you ll find such an example elsehere in the world, he said.

I say as I can that I believe that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish People and of the Jewish state of Israel. I strongly believe that the only way as Christian to go their and worship in peace is if it is secured by the State of Israel, Vistisen said.

He deplored that Israels existence is challenged in the European Parliament, recalling that despite his efforts we couldnt get a majority within the parliament for a resolution saying that Hamas is a terrorist organization.

Addressing the some 70 Jewish representatives who came from around 40 countries to attend the General Assembly, he said he is happy to see Jews who are deciding to raise their voice and speak up. We need to form an alliance of people who understand the importance of our share values, history and goals, he said.

He also stressed that Jews in Europe should never be pressed or threatened to leave Europe. The fundamental should be that you leave Europe to Israel only because of you free will to do so; Only because you want to choose the State of Israel and not because you are pushed out of the country where you live, he said.

I hope that we will be able to shape a Europe of the future where there is a great home also for the Jewish faith and the Jewish communities of Europe. And that Europe will be more supportive towards Israel.

During the meeting, another MEP cast a different opinion on Trumps Jerusalem decision. It is a dangerous decision, it gives zero chance for a constructive resolution of the Mideast conflict, said MEP Ivo Vajgl from Slovenia.

What we need is dialogue, patience and diplomacy and overall strong ledership, he added.

Members of the European Jewish Parliament celebrated President Trump's courageous decision acknowledging the 3,000 year capital of Israel and the Jewish people, and hailed the Czech Republic and Hungary for thinking of moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

For Israeli Minister of Communications Ayub Kara, one of the guests, Trumps decision gives Israel a chance to cooperate with Sunni Arab states in the region. We have one enemy, its Iran,which occupies Ira, Syria, Lebanon and tries to occupy Yemen, he said.

Vadim Rabinovitch, President of the European Jewish Parliament, set the three axes of the organization for the next year: cooperation with the European Parliament, working with members of the parliaments in the different European countries and building bridges with the Muslim world. We are working to establish contacts with Saudi Arabia, he explained.

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