Europe’s presidents and prime ministers have shown themselves willing to make speeches condemning anti-Semitism and expressing solidarity with Jews, but at the same time they are often supportive of anti-Israel policies and declarations that only legitimize anti-Semitism. Fiamma Nirentstein comments:
To Combat Anti-Semitism, European Leaders Must Do More Than Make Well-Meaning Statements
Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily
Two weeks ago, then-Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein refused to hold a vote for his replacement, insisting that, in keeping with precedent, the new speaker should only be chosen after a governing coalition has been formed. As his move prevented the newly installed Israeli parliament from resuming its normal business, the Supreme Court tried to break the impasse with two unprecedented interventions into the legislative branch. To Evelyn Gordon, Edelstein acted out of a “genuine and serious concern” about constitutionally questionable moves by his opponents, even if the court was justified in its order that elections for the new speaker take place.