‘Expect a wave of terror attacks in Europe’

MK Dr. Anat Berko (Likud), an expert on investigating terror, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday about the wave of bombings in Brussels earlier in the day that left 34 murdered, which was later claimed by Islamic State (ISIS).

"Jihad tourism is returning home," said Berko, referencing the large number of Muslim jihadists who left Europe for Syria and other battlefronts in the Middle East, and have now made their way back home.

"The terror assault on European soil is nothing new. This is not the first assault, and also not the last. Jihad tourists are returning home to the Islamist enclaves with ideologies from the school of thought of ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are the ones who will cause terror attacks on European and American soil," she emphasized.

Discussing the gap between Western culture and the devout Muslim lifestyle of the terrorists, she said, "the Western lifestyle undermines their existence in the most personal sense and they go out against it. Therefore we will see more attacks with more than one terrorist as in this case. Those who thought that the terror would stop at the state of Israel were wrong. We will see the wave of terror attacks strengthen."

Berko assessed that last Friday's capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect from November's ISIS attack in Paris, was not the motivation for Tuesday's onslaught.

"There are lots of reasons to avenge. The point is that there are a lot of sleeper terrorist cells, in whole enclaves where law enforcers have no control."

According to the MK, European decision makers understand that Arab terror does not only target Jews.

"I'm returning from an anti-Semitism conference in Berlin, and many parliaments in Europe that were with us understand that nothing stops at the Jews. We all know what happened in World War II, and that's the feeling, that what's happening here against the state of Israel against Jews is reaching Europe," she said.

"After Jews were forced to remove signs of identification – the terrorists attack symbols of authority and public transportation so as to kill as many people as possible."

Berko warned that Europe is not ready for the Islamist terror onslaught.

"The awareness to terror really needs to be raised among citizens of Europe because they aren't aware of how to deal with it like citizens of Israel," she said, noting, "more than a few attacks were stopped by our heroic citizens."

"The world needs to invest in security and understand that just as the state of Israel cannot give up on its security needs for agreements that are not honored, Europe too will need to deal with its security needs."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209746

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