Israel holds rally, lights buildings in tricolor, in solidarity with France
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Israel holds rally, lights buildings in tricolor, in solidarity with France

‘Tonight we are all French,’ Peres tells Tel Aviv gathering; Knesset, Old City walls glow red, white and blue

The Knesset lit up in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the French people following the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015. (Knesset Spokesperson)
The Knesset lit up in the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the French people following the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015. (Knesset Spokesperson)

About 2,500 people participated in an event at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to show support and solidarity with terror victims in France.

The crowd included many French immigrants. In addition to the French ambassador and former president Shimon Peres, opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom also participated.

All of the speakers stressed the common values shared by France and Israel, and chiefly the love of liberty.

“Tonight we are all French,” said Peres. “Your pain is ours. Your fight is ours. Your hope is ours. Your values are ours. You have always been and will always be at the forefront of the fight against barbarism. You are the human cavalry which opens the way to freedom and to peace,” he said.

French Ambassador in Israel Patrick Maisonnave and former president Shimon Peres attend a rally at Rabin square in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave and former president Shimon Peres attend a rally at Rabin square in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

“In these difficult days we are all united at the side of the French republic. France will be victorious. France will always remain a great nation.”

Israelis attend a rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Paris and in tribute to the victims killed in Friday's terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israelis attend a rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Paris and in tribute to the victims killed in Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The event closed with the singing of the Marseillaise and Hatikvah, with many of those gathered singing along to both anthems.

In a further sign of solidarity, the Knesset was illuminated with the colors of the French flag. The Tel Aviv municipality building followed suit. From midnight, a section of Jerusalem’s Old City wall was being illuminated with the colors of the tricolor.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said “the whole world understands today what we in Israel and Jerusalem have experienced for years… We must all work together against terrorism of any kind.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press in reaction to the previous night's multiple terror attacks in Paris, at his office in Jerusalem, on November 14, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press in reaction to the previous night’s multiple terror attacks in Paris, at his office in Jerusalem, on November 14, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Earlier Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to France.

He said Israel was providing intelligence and security assistance to Paris in the battle against terrorism.

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