Ya’akov Hagoel, deputy head of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), responded to the lethal Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombing in Istanbul in which three Israelis were murdered and another eleven were wounded, Hezki Ezra reports for Arutz Sheva.
Hagoel, who is also a member of the Jewish Agency Executive and head of the WZO’s Activities in Israel and Countering Anti-Semitism Department, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that the 23-year-old terrorist Mehmet Ozturk specifically targeted Jews in his attack, in which an Iranian was also killed.
“The writing was on the wall,” said Hagoel. “We are talking about a very difficult decade; in the last decade every year there is more anti-Semitic violence than the preceding year.”
“Erdogan and members of the parliament in Turkey provide a tail wind to these terrorists to attack Jews, in that they take part in anti-Semitic conferences.
“I have no doubt that this terrorist stuck to the (Israeli tourist) group, listened for Hebrew and only then detonated the explosive. From his perspective he wanted to harm Jews and Israelis,” Hagoel told Arutz Sheva.