Liberman calls for ‘war on Islamic terror’
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Liberman calls for ‘war on Islamic terror’

In wake of Copenhagen attacks, foreign minister says Israel, Jews are canaries in the terror coal mine

Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday morning that the ongoing terror incidents in Copenhagen over the weekend prove the need for “a truly uncompromising war against Islamic terror and its causes.”

A shooting at a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and a second shooting hours later outside a synagogue left two dead and five police officers wounded in Copenhagen, stirring fears that another terror spree was under way in a European capital a month after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks.

Police couldn’t say whether the shootings at a cultural center Saturday afternoon and in front of the synagogue early Sunday were connected, but didn’t rule it out. In both shootings, the gunman got away.

The Jews, Liberman said, were the canary in the coalmine.

“The string of terror incidents in Copenhagen, at the synagogue and at the free speech event, prove what we have been saying for years, that Israel and the Jews are the first to experience this terror because they are the front line in the terror war against the West and the entire free world,” the foreign minister insisted.

“The international community in its entirety cannot be satisfied with declarations and demonstrations against this terror, but must throw off the rules of political correctness and conduct an a truly uncompromising war against Islamic terror and its causes,” Liberman said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was in constant contact with the Israeli embassy in Denmark and closely following the events, a statement from Liberman’s office said.

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