The European Jewish Congress (EJC) commended French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for placing the responsibility for the current conflict on Hamas. EJC also welcomed the declarations made by the EU Czech Presidency during its current Mideast tour.
In a statement, the European Jewish Congress expressed “support for Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorist attacks.” It adds that “Hamas has constantly refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist and to acknowledge any accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas continues to terrorize almost one million Israelis by targeting civilians with rocket and missile fire.”
“Israel should receive strong support from the international community for its current effort against Hamas,” said EJC President Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor.“ The international community and the European Union should understand that this fight against Hamas is part of the global campaign against terrorism. Israel is on the front lines of the battle against terrorism that stretches all over the world, while Hamas is part of a larger, international terrorist network, with links to Teheran. Hamas is not only terrorizing Israel, but also the Palestinian people in Gaza. By placing its rocket launchers and caches in densely populated civilian centres, it has brought untold suffering to the people in the surrounding areas.”
The European Jewish Congress is ready to welcome a permanent cease-fire only if Hamas puts an end to its repeated terrorist attacks.