Hours after US President Donald Trump avoided directly denouncing the neo-Nazi protest, blaming both sides for the violence, Israeli politicians harshly criticize his remarks.

Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The criticism of US President Donald Trump’s comments concerning the Neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville continues after he blamed both sides for using violence, saying: “You had a group on one side and group on the other and they came at each other with clubs – there is another side, you can call them the left, that came violently attacking the other group … You had people that were very fine people on both sides.”

In Israel, politicians responded to Trump’s statements, mostly condemning them. Only in some cases did politicians express support.

“The neo-Nazis must stand trial,” wrote Justice Minister and Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi member Ayelet Shaked on her official Twitter account. “This was not the intention of the American Constitution. A democratic country must not tolerate such manifestations.”

MK Tzipi Livni tweeted: “In Nazism, anti-Semitism and racism, there are never two equal sides – only one side is evil. Period.” MK Amir Peretz wrote: “Whoever tries to describe anti-Semites and racists as ‘wild weeds’ [anomalies] and makes do with weak denouncements will find them protesting outside his own home. Denouncements should not satisfy us and the punishment and enforcement must be sterner, all while creating international cooperation that will include a solution for anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

After the car ramming attack at the protest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on his PM of Israel Twitter feed: “Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism. Everyone should oppose this hatred.”

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Nevertheless, controversial MK and Likud member Oren Hazan expressed his support for Trump’s remarks and wrote that “Trump is right,” claiming that violence and extremism on both sides are forbidden and must be denounced.