Netanyahu: Brussels Attack Result of Incitement Against Jews and Their State

Prime minister condemns prevalence of 'tales and falsehoods against Israel' in Europe; Source close to investigation says Belgian police believe motive is anti-Semitism.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday evening that the attack on the Jewish Museum in Belgium is the result of anti-Israeli incitement in Europe.

"This is the result of ceaseless incitement against the Jews and their state," Netanyahu said. "On European soil, tales and falsehoods against the State of Israel continued to be heard, with a systematic disregard for the crimes against humanity and murderous acts that are perpetrated in our region."

Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during the Saturday evening's shooting in Brussels. A man has been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting at the museum and police are currently looking for a second suspect.

A figure who is privy to the details of the investigation told Haaretz that the evidence collected by the Belgian police points toward anti-Semitism as the motive behind the attack. According to the source, the police are expected to announce this officially on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, has said the shooting was the result of incitement by pro-Palestinian forces and the atmosphere generated by European actions against West Bank settlements.

"It's the result on the ground of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement, among other things in calls to boycott Israel and Israeli products, in anti-Israel activities in international forums and in an automatic, one-sided anti-Israel position," Lieberman said.

"So-called 'pro-Palestinian' activity, which as in those dark days calls for boycotting 'Jewish goods' and acts aggressively against the only democracy in the Middle East, is purely anti-Semitic activity and not part of legitimate political debate over the conflict over territory, the likes of which exist in many places in the world. The latest anti-Semitic incidents are a warning light to all those who, consciously or not, cooperate with this incitement when they rush, each time anew, to denounce Israel and to compare building a home for a Jewish family in the land of its ancestors to vicious, murderous terror activity," Lieberman said.

Reuters