Bill Maher says he sees at least one silver lining in the terrorist attacks that killed 32 people in Belgium -- Europeans might stop being "real ---holes about Israel," the comedian said on his HBO show.
Complaining that the U.N.'s Human Rights Council has "issued more official condemnations of Israel than the rest of the world's nations combined," Maher speculated that European countries would better understand the Jewish state's security struggles now that Belgium and France have been the targets of sophisticated and deadly attacks.
Belgium, France, the U.K., Germany and Switzerland are among the Western European nations with current seats on the Human Rights Council, where countries serve staggered three-year elected terms.
"I wonder now that Europe has been attacked four times now in a little over a year, and they say ISIS has 400 fighters that they are ready to introduce back into Europe, and they're trying to get a dirty bomb," Maher said, per Haaretz. "Maybe Europe will have a little more sympathy for what Israel goes through."
It's not the first time Maher, a staunch supporter of Israel, has drawn fire for comments related to terrorist attacks. Maher drew widespread criticism on Sept. 17, 2001, with comments about the 9/11 attacks and the terrorists who carried them out.
Those comments eventually led to Maher losing his ABC show, and his move to HBO, the longtime home of his current show, Real Time With Bill Maher.
"We have been the cowards," Maher said. "Lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly."
The March 22 attack in Brussels was attributed to homegrown terrorists trained by ISIS, and claimed the lives of 32 people, not including three suicide bombers who struck Brussels Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station. That attack followed the Nov. 13, 2015 coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and injured almost 400 others. That attack was considered the deadliest on French soil since World War II.
Sources: Haaretz, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner / Photo credit: Angela George/Wikimedia Commons