Wiesenthal Center Denounces Danish Foreign Minster’s Sanctions Threat Against Israel

September 23, 2014

“His threat is a dangerous Rosh Hashanah ‘gift’ to Hamas that would endanger 8.9 million Israelis,” says Center official

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is denouncing Danish Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard, (pictured), for saying that the European Union should consider trade sanctions with Israel if indirect talks with Hamas that begin today in Cairo fail to end Gaza border restrictions and the building of new settlements. “If nothing happens in the peace talks this time, and if we don’t see a new pattern of response from Israel’s side, then we will need to discuss the possibility of taking new steps, including changes to our trade relations with Israel,” Lidegaard said in an interview in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

“What an outrage! Perhaps the Foreign Minister has amnesia about a few thousand missiles and the murder of innocent teenagers emanating from Hamas,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“Apparently, he has chosen to forget that all of tons of cement and other ‘building materials’ that international leaders like him pressured Israel to let into Gaza, went to build an underground superhighway of terror tunnels,” he added. He also asked, “Now he wants to pressure Israel to cut another bad deal with the genocidal terrorist entity that Gazans who were used as human shields by Hamas secretly hope against hope will soon be out of their lives?”

“His threat is a dangerous Rosh Hashanah ‘gift’ to Hamas that would endanger 8.9 million Israelis,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.

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