Netanyahu: 'Terror comes from hope, not frustration'

Prime Minister speaks out against terror around the world. 'It develops from murderous ideology, from desire to destroy enemy.'

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference today, in response to Tuesday's attack in Belgium.

"I send my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels," he began.

"We’re in a global war against terror. And last night I spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and a few hours ago with the European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. I offered Israel’s assistance in our common battle against terrorism.

"I think the point of departure in the battle against terrorism is this: Nothing justifies terrorism – absolutely nothing. In Paris or Brussels or San Bernardino or Tel Aviv or Jerusalem – terror must be condemned equally and it must be fought equally.

"Israel stands ready to cooperate with all the nations in this great struggle.

"These terrorists seek our destruction. They will fail. But if we work together they will fail a lot sooner."

He also gave a similar speech in Hebrew, during which he noted: "In all of these places, terror does not develop from injustice. It develops from a murderous ideology, from the desire to destroy the enemy and to take over from him. I have already said many times that terror comes, not from occupation and not from frustration, but from home - the hope of ISIS terrorists who want to create an Islamic caliphate on all of Europe, the hope of Palestinian terrorists to create a Palestinian state on the entire State of Israel."