Radical Islamic elements are misusing the democratic tools granted to them by the European countries.

 FM Liberman's visit to Denmark


(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met on Monday (9 November) in Copenhagen with the Danish Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs Birthe Rønn Hornbech. They discussed issues relating to immigration as well as other matters.

Foreign Minister Liberman said that radical Islamic elements are misusing the democratic tools granted to them by the European countries in order to agitate, aggravate and radicalize relations within and among these countries, at the same time also increasing and encouraging anti-Semitic phenomena.

FM Liberman also met with Chairperson of the Danish parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee, Gitte Lillelund Bech. They discussed relations between Israel and Denmark as well as issues of global policy, and the upcoming visit to Israel by the Danish Foreign Policy Committee.

At the memorial ceremony for Danish Jews who were sent to the Terezinstadt concentration camp, FM Liberman laid a wreath in their memory. He noted the people of Denmark who risked their lives to save Jews who were to be sent to their deaths at the hands of the Nazis, and said that Denmark will always hold a special place in the history and in the hearts of the Jewish people.

Liberman added that we are today again facing elements who threaten to destroy the Jews, not only those living in Israel. The Iranian regime is funding terrorist activity throughout the world, and particularly against Jews. The State of Israel is responsible for all Jewish communities in the world, and all Jewish communities are responsible for the State of Israel. This cooperation is essential in order to halt this threat. The struggle against the Iranian threat is the greatest challenge that the democratic world faces today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met on Tuesday, November, 10 with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller. At the meeting, which took place in a positive, friendly atmosphere, FM Liberman expressed his appreciation of Denmark as a true friend to Israel. He noted the flourishing economic and cultural cooperation between the two states.

The two foreign ministers discussed bilateral and global issues as well as topics particularly relevant to the Middle East. They also talked about the need to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. FM Liberman said that the Arab states are not acting to promote this subject and, indeed, have contributed less than other states to improving the lives of Palestinians and to normalizing relations with Israel. He added that Israel is ready to open direct negotiations immediately; but, considering the Palestinians’ current position, it appears that only the United States can bring them to the negotiating table.

FM Liberman also met with Justice Minister Brian Mikkelsen. Among the topics they discussed was the war on global terrorism. Liberman noted the cooperation between the two states on this subject and added that Israel will be happy to continue this cooperation and to share its experience in counter-terrorism with Denmark. He said that the rules encoded in international law, which relate to the era when wars were fought between sovereign states and standing armies, must be re-examined in light of the current reality in which democratic states are forced to combat terrorist organizations (such as Hamas and Hizbullah and others), which use women and children as human shields, and hospitals and schools as places to hide.

FM Liberman met with the President of the Danish Parliament, Thor Pedersen, and members of the Foreign Policy Committee. In the afternoon, he flew to The Hague, where he will hold further meetings on bilateral and regional issues.