calls on world to join hands to destroy forces of terror.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said Wednesday after the terror attack in Istanbul that killed 36 people that it was time for the world to “wake up.”
“Twelve million Muslims have been killed by other Muslims since 1948,” Lapid said. “The number of people killed during the Arab-Israeli conflict is 0.3 percent of this.”
Lapid said that while even this number is too high, most of those killed were part of Arab armies that tried to invade Israeli territory, or terrorists who tried to harm innocent Israeli citizens.
“However, still, the UN, international organizations and the world continue to unhaltingly condemn Israel and are extra careful about any condemnation of Islamic violence,” he added. “They are careful like it’s fire, until the fire burns them.”
Lapid sent his condolences to the families of those killed.
Former president Shimon Peres condemned the attack in Turkey, saying that his heart is with the Turkish people.
“Those who stand up to terror must know that there are difficult consequences,” Peres stated.
“I call on all of the leaders of the world to join hands in an uncompromising war against terror and destroy the forces of murder and hatred,” he added.
The European Jewish Congress condemned the triple suicide attack, saying that “this is another attack by radical Islamist terrorists on innocent civilians demonstrating the true barbarity of a murderous ideology which respects no borders and no morality,” EJC President Moshe Kantor said.
“We need a strong unified and global response to this latest attack which follows Paris, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Orlando and Mogadishu, among others, to rid us of this threat,” he added.
“These murderers wish to bring our way of life to its heels, but they will not succeed. The European Jewish community stands with the people of Turkey in this difficult time and we send our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and wishes of a speedy recovery to the injured.”