Netanyahu Slams EU Whitewashing of Hamas

Netanyahu joins outpouring of ministers and MKs criticizing removal of Hamas from terror list; EU message is 'kill Israelis, get a state.'

Ari Yashar ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu joined a growing number of outraged ministers and MKs responding on Wednesday to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg's decision to remove Hamas from the European Union's (EU) terror list.

"We are not satisfied with EU explanations that the removal of Hamas from the terror organization list is a 'technical matter,'" said Netanyahu, retorting to the court's justifications that not enough evidence had been presented to put Hamas on the list in what it called a technicality.

"The burden of proof is on the EU and we expected them to immediately return Hamas to the list as everyone understands that it is an inseparable part of it - Hamas is a murderous terrorist organization that notes in its charter that its goal is to destroy Israel," added Netanyahu. "We will continue to struggle against it firmly and with strength so that it will never achieve its goals."

Following the decision, the EU is to submit sound legal evidence against the terror group to return it to the list, and in the meantime its assets remain frozen.

Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) also responded to the decision, saying it "testifies to the disconnect by Europe from reality."

"Hamas which is responsible for hundreds of dead citizens in Israel, Hamas which trains three-year-old children with weapons, and Hamas which took all residents of the (Gaza) strip hostage as a shield for terror activities is the forefather of murderous terrorist organizations; those who whitewash an organization like this give terror a hand," argued Hotovely.

"The Europeans apparently reason that their blood is holier while the blood of Israelis is abandoned - otherwise it is impossible to understand how the European court decided to remove the Hamas organization from the list of terrorist organizations," said Likud MK Danny Danon.

"In Europe apparently they forgot that Hamas abducted three youths last summer and shot thousands of rockets at citizens of the state of Israel," continued Danon. "This is European hypocrisy that is a continuation of their two-faced proposal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state. The message from the court: kill Israelis and get a state."

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett also condemned the decision, saying "the sodomite laws of the European court allowed the spilling of the blood of Jews wherever they are and speak to the loss of a moral way."

"If there's someone who thinks the sacrifice of Israel will save Europe, they're wrong," added Bennett. "Israel is strong and knows to defend itself from those seeking its harm, but the ones who will suffer from strengthening terrorist organizations are the Europeans themselves. Terror that receives justification in Tel Aviv will spill quickly to London,  Paris and Brussels. Unfortunately Europe can't say we didn't warn them in advance."

Knesset speaker MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said "on the blindness: the EU apparently lost its head. Removing Hamas from the terrorist organizations list by the Union's court teaches about the imperviousness and moral warping, and is a prize for Islamic extremist terror that strikes every place in the world including Europe itself. Is there no limit to shame? I hope that the injustice is fixed quickly."




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