'My mission is to speak for Israel in Europe and the EU'

Branislav Škripek, a member of the European Parliament from Slovakia, stresses the European Parliament does not hate Israel.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Branislav Škripek
Branislav Škripek
Arutz Sheva

Arutz Sheva spoke to Branislav Škripek, a member of the European Parliament from Slovakia, who was in Israel as part of a delegation of 27 members of parliament from around the world.

The MPs took part in the 6th annual Israel Allies Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference, which focused on the 50th anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem and on instituting a new definition of anti-Semitism to include anti-Zionism, in countries around the world.

The notion that the European Parliament does not like Israel is not true, Škripek said, though he added, “I have to say there are many leftists and Communists and Greens who try to speak out loud against Israel.”

“I'm a member of the delegation for Israel, but we met with people from the delegation for Palestine, and a few days ago they invited into the European Parliament a terrorist – a lady who hijacked an airplane,” he continued, referring to the speech by Leila Khaled, who was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group and was involved in airplane hijackings in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“I don't think this is the way to bring about negotiations,” opined Škripek, who added, “It is my objective to bring dialogue but also to speak for Israel, because I see so much unjust treatment. I see so much false propaganda against Israel.”

“We don't say there are no mistakes in Israeli politics, but we want to enforce the positive attitudes as well,” he added.

“This is a special land. This is the center of the world, and there is a central city in the world and that is Jerusalem. The Bible clearly says we have to achieve peace in Jerusalem and peace in Israel in order to have peace in the world.”