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Israel's Herzog applauds Trump for speaking out against anti-Semitism

Opposition head Isaac Herzog said ahead of the vote that the law represents "the buds of fascism blooming in Israel"
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Herzog also reviewed his ten-point plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog praised U.S. president Donald Trump for speaking out against anti-Semitism during his speech before Congress on Tuesday, and expressed confidence in Trump's ability to bring an end to a spate of attacks targeting Jews.

Herzog also repeated his claim that rising anti-Semitism in the United States would lead to a new wave of American Jews making "aliyah" to Israel, a Hebrew term used to refer to the immigration to Israel under the country's "law of return" for Jews.

"I welcome the president’s comments in the joint session of the house, and I’m sure they will act forcefully against any act of anti-Semitism," Herzog said while speaking on a conference call organized by the US-based pro-Israel group th Israel Policy Forum, according to the Times of Israel.

"A phenomenon we’ve seen in many countries around the world, when things of this nature occur, we see more people coming to Israel on aliyah."

Brendan Smialowski (AFP/File)

Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist Union party, also reviewed his own 10-point plan for achieving peace with the Palestinians.

The plan, a multi-year proposal that includes a number of confidence building measures leading up to direct negotiations backed by Middle Eastern partners, was outlined by Herzog last week in an op-ed penned for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz.

Since Trump took office in January, Jewish institutions have been the target of six waves of hoax bomb threats and at least three Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated by vandals.

The New York City Police Department said Wednesday that anti-Semitic hate crimes for the first two months of the year are up 94 percent compared to the same period last year, according to NBC News and DNAinfo New York.

(Staff with agencies)

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