Speaking via video message to the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism at the opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that hatred against the Jewish people worldwide indicates that anti-Semitism is once again “fashionable.”
"There were two myths about anti-Semitism. The first was that after the Holocaust anti-Semitism would disappear. And the second was that with the creation of the Jewish state, anti-Semitism would disappear. That didn't happen,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “Neither one of them. In fact, the anti-Semites took a respite after the Holocaust, but that's all it was. It was a brief intermission.”
“And what was unfashionable is now becoming fashionable again. After the rise of Israel, what is fashionable today is to say, ‘Well, I don't hate Jews, I just don't think they should have a state." Or, effectively, that their state is an illegitimate one that doesn't have the right to exist...’”
“You have a lot of tasks before you and I hope you're up to it. I'm sure that you believe there is only one remedy for the slander, and that's the truth. And I encourage you to fight and win the battle of truth,” Netanyahu said, addressing the crowd.