- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 17, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim Thursday at what he called Europe’s “strange fusion” of radical Islam and the far left.

“There is a new boiling anti-semitism of radical Islam that sweeps Europe as a whole, and there’s a strange fusion – it’s the only word I can use to describe it — a fusion with the anti-semitism of the radical far far left,” Mr. Netanyahu said in an interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.

“This is the strangest union you could possibly contemplate,” he said, “because radical Muslims: they stone women, they execute gays, they are against any human rights, against feminism, against whathaveyou. And the far left is supposed to be for these things.”

While Americans continue to hold favorable views toward Israel — 68%, according to a recent Gallup poll — the Jewish state has become increasingly unpopular in Europe, with most surveys showing far greater support across the continent for the Palestinians.

In a nod to this divergence, the Israeli premier said that “there’s a difference in the way that Europeans views Israel and Americans view Israel.”