Benjamin Netanyahu
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday slammed a decision by Swedish authorities to authorize the burning of a Jewish Bible in a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm.

"The State of Israel takes this embarrassing decision very seriously," Netanyahu said, adding that such a burning "harms the Jewish nation's 'holiest of holies.'"

"We must respect the holy books of every religion," he said.

Energy Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) commented: "Freedom of speech does not include burning religious books, of any religion. Under the guise of liberalism, they promote anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews. The responsibility for harm to Jews lies with the Swedish government."

Labor Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur (Shas) responded: "I strongly condemn the Swedish police for the offensive and despicable decision to allow the burning of the Jewish Bible, which is holy to the Jewish people. Burning religious books takes us back to dark and grim days in history when the Jewish people went through pogroms and persecution because of their faith. I call on the Swedish government to cancel the anti-Semitic and racist act of burning religious books."

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) commented: "I was shocked to hear that the Swedish police approved the burning of a Jewish Bible in front of the Israeli embassy under the guise of 'freedom of expression.'"

"Damage to the sacred objects of Judaism is not freedom of speech, but antisemitism. I call on my colleagues, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eli Cohen, to exert all his effort against the regime and the government in Sweden, which is dealing with extremist Islam that threatens to take over its country and prevent the burning of the Jewish Bible. If they do not agree to the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, action must be taken to return our ambassador to Israel."