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Israel warns: Europe flooded with hundreds of jihadists planning to strike


There are “hundreds of jihadists planning to strike Western targets on European soil,” already present on the continent, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told his Polish counterpart, Antoni Macierewicz, in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

“We are concerned that what we saw in Paris and Brussels is just the start, and that attempts to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe will continue,” he added.

Turning his attention to events closer to home, Ya’alon said, “We do not expect there to be stability and an end to the bloodshed in Syria anytime soon.

“In the war there, there are many conflicting interests and too many players in the arena.

Some of these players, the global jihad organizations for example, are determined to continue fighting,” he added.

Jihadists – radical Islamists whose primary ideology involves fighting the West – are stockpiling weapons and knowledge in Europe that they have obtained through fighting in Syria, and fostering extremist ideology, Ya’alon warned.

Addressing the humanitarian catastrophe afflicting Syrian civilians, Ya’alon said that Israel is providing medicines, food, “and anything that refugees who reach our northern border need. As Jews, we cannot ignore this human tragedy.”

Ya’alon, who hosted Macierewicz at his bureau at the


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