The Knesset convened Monday to hold a special hearing on anti-Semitism around the world.
Kadima MK Ze'ev Elkin addressed recent anti-Semitic attacks in Russia and the Ukraine, stating that Israel should develop a thought-out policy towards these countries, and that Russia's relationship with Iran demonstrates once again that the fates of the State of Israel and of Diaspora Jews are intertwined.
Labor MK Michael Melchior stated that the Holocaust was the result of hundreds of years of anti-Semitism. He also proposed conducting a joint battle against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
New Shas MK, Ariel Attias, stated that Israel must invest in Jewish education and to deepen Jews' understanding of what it means to be Jewish, which would in turn influence the way Jews would be perceived in other areas in the world.
MK Zevulun Orlev, NU/NRP, declared that anti-Semitism no longer existed just among neo-Nazis and skinheads, but that it was now being spread by Muslims, among them Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad and Hamas.
In his first speech in the Knesset, Gil MK Isaac Galanti objected to the conditions under which some Holocaust survivors are forced to live in Israel. He also called on Diaspora Jews to make aliya, saying that Israel was the only country for them.