Bill Nye's Solution For Jews In Europe: "Get To Know Your Neighbors" Better; Israel "Not Their Home"

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On Friday's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher his panel took on the topic of the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Panelist Bill Nye took exception to the invitation Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu lent to scared Jews around the world to "come home." Nye said the problem could be solved if Jews would only "get to know" their neighbors.

"This undercurrent of anti-Semitism has always been there," actor and director Rob Reiner said. "Just like racism, it's always been there and then it just bubbles up to the surface every once in a while. And it's horrible now."

This brought up the Netanyahu's invitation to European Jews.

"Come home to Israel," Nye said, quoting Netanyahu. "That's what he said, right?"

"But the people have never been there. They lived, grew up in whatever, in Germany and France," Nye added.

"It's a shame that they should have to move," Maher said.

"Well, they probably won't," Nye said, adding "It's not their home."

"But you can understand it," Reiner told Nye. "There were German Jews that lived in Germany in the Second World War and that was their home. And you know at a certain point if your life is in danger you want to go someplace where you're going to be protected."

This is when Nye brought up the idea that Jews should get to know their neighbors better and perhaps that will solve the problem of rampant anti-Semitism.

"So, what do you do about it?" Nye rhetorically asked. "I think you get to know your neighbors."

"That's going to take -- does it take a century? Something like that?" he added.

ROB REINER: This undercurrent of anti-Semitism has always been there. Just like racism, it's always been there and then it just bubbles up to the surface every once in a while. And it's horrible now.

MAHER: Netanyahu is asking European Jews to come to Israel and --

NYE: Come home to Israel. That's what he said, right?

MAHER: Yeah.

NYE: Yeah.

MAHER: Well, I mean he is the --

NYE: But the people have never been there. They lived, grew up in whatever, in Germany and France.

MAHER: It's a shame that they should have to move.

NYE: Well, they probably won't either because it's not their home.

[tepid applause]

REINER: But you can understand it. There were German Jews that lived in Germany in the Second World War and that was their home. And you know at a certain point if your life is in danger you want to go someplace where you're going to be protected.

[applause]

NYE: So, what do you do about it? I think you get to know your neighbors. That's going to take -- does it take a century? Something like that? (HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, February 20, 2014)

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