Ya’alon urges Europe: focus on security more than ‘human rights’

November 15, 2015  

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday that European nations must reduce their focus on human rights in favor of more security to avoid a repeat of the Paris attacks that killed 129 people.

“In Europe, the balance between security and human rights has until now leaned in favor of human rights, but there is no longer any choice,” Yaalon told Army Radio. “The balance must now be tipped toward security to defend democracy.”

He urged laws to allow for a “more effective fight against terrorism.” 

“Europeans understood that there was a danger, but the measures that should have been taken were not, such as changes in legislation allowing surveillance of potential terrorists, for example,” the minister said.

Ya’alon also urged passport controls in Europe and tighter access to public places.

He said action should be taken in Turkey to “bridge the gap” – meaning to stop the flow of European jihadists traveling via the country to train with the Islamic State (ISIS) group and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front in Syria and Iraq before returning home.

“In the anti-terrorism fight, we are all in the same boat when it comes to defending Western civilization,” he said.

Netanyahu on Saturday said he had instructed his country’s security and intelligence agencies to assist France and other European nations as they investigate Friday night’s attacks.

AFP contributed to this report.

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