Three days after the deadly car attack by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his first condemnation.
In an English-language tweet Netanyahu wrote: “Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism. Everyone should oppose this hatred.”
The Israeli prime minister seems to have waited to hear a clear condemnation from Trump before weighing in on the issue himself. His ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer also spoke out about the event, which included clear anti-Semitic themes, only Monday evening, after Trump provided his second response.
Other Israeli leaders, not affiliated with Netanyahu’s party, including Natan Sharansky and Naftali Bennett spoke out earlier and urged the U.S. administration to offer a clear condemnation to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists responsible for the violence and the outburst of anti-Semitism in Charlottesville.
In instances of Muslim-extremists attacks against Jews in Europe, Netanyahu was quick to respond and even encouraged Jews in Europe to leave their countries and move to Israel. The uptick in anti-Semitic events in the United States in recent months, however, was met with little response from the Israeli government, except for praise from Netanyahu to Trump for his “strong stand” against anti-Semitism.