“For us, it’s clear as daylight. Anti-Semitism is a presence in society that corrupts society itself,” mentioned Rivlin.
“We attempt to clarify to the entire world that when you do not struggle towards anti-Semitism, it’ll hit your societies. There are stereotypes current in societies that create a lack of know-how; remedy of minorities which isn’t humane or ethical will corrupt societies.”
“We’re diligent, and we have now to be much more diligent, to elucidate in all these locations the place anti-Semitism is spreading, or returning, that we aren’t prepared to just accept it,” Rivlin informed CNN.
The Israeli President additionally addressed the rise of neo-fascism in Europe and different components of the world, saying, “Somebody who’s neo-fascist is actually an individual who is completely towards the spirit, rules, and the values of the State of Israel.”
This previous summer time, Rivlin met with Hungarian President Viktor Orban, who has been repeatedly accused of utilizing anti-Semitic language by the United Nations.
Orban has been largely nationalist and anti-immigrant, typically calling for “ethnic homogeneity.”
Rivlin informed him on the time, “I do know what you might be doing towards anti-Semitism. I do know the efforts. However we have now to recollect, after we say by no means once more, that neo-fascism and neo-fascist teams are an actual hazard to the very existence of the free world.”
In June, Rivlin additionally welcomed Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to Jerusalem. Kurz’s coalition consists of the far-right Freedom Occasion, which has Nazi roots.
In a readout of the assembly from Israel’s authorities press workplace, Rivlin mentioned that, even given Europe’s complicated political actuality, you can’t have parts which help the State of Israel but additionally maintain positions which are racist or anti-Semitic.
“That is inconceivable,” Rivlin informed CNN. “It’s inconceivable to say we admire the State of Israel and we would like ties with the State of Israel, however we’re neo-fascists.”
“Anti-Semitism is an historic illness and when it rears its ugly head, it first assaults the Jews, but it surely by no means stops with that, it sweeps total societies,” Netanyahu mentioned.
“I noticed Viktor Orban in Hungary — he is opened up a middle towards anti-Semitism. I noticed Sebastian Kurz in Austria — he simply held a convention towards anti-Semitism, and that is encouraging,” mentioned Netanyahu.
Rivlin echoed Netanyahu’s language, describing it as an “evil sickness” that may exist wherever. “Evil can sprout in any society that fails to look at itself, that fails to recollect the previous, and that fails to teach,” he informed CNN.