Chairman Natan Sharansky of the Jewish Agency for Israel responded, Sunday evening to Saturday's attacks in Brussels and Paris by saying, "I am deeply distressed by yesterday's horrifying attacks against Jewish targets in Brussels and Paris. We at The Jewish Agency for Israel are investing considerable sums in helping Jewish communities across Europe—including in Belgium and France—provide for their physical security, however nothing will help so long as Europe's political and intellectual leadership refrains from declaring all-out war against the demonization of the Jewish state."
The former prisoner of Zion from the former Soviet Union explained, "While Jews as individuals are no longer demonized in Europe as they were in previous centuries, the demonization of Israel—the collective Jew—continues to rise to new heights, creating a toxic atmosphere in which Jews live in fear and those who target them flourish. When Israel is singled out for condemnation and scorn, even as crimes against humanity and genuine humanitarian catastrophes rage throughout the Middle East and around the world, the message to those seeking a pretext to harm Jews is clear. Until Europe declares war on the demonization of Israel, no security measure will help."