Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday advised French Jews to move to Israel for the sake of their own safety, while Economy Minister Naftali Bennett denounced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in a unity rally held in Paris against recent local terror attacks.
Liberman traveled to Paris to participate in the mass demonstration in the French capital held in the wake of last week’s series of terror attacks by Muslim radicals that killed 17 people, including four Jews who were gunned down as they shopped in a kosher grocery store.
Over a million people took part in the event along with some 50 world leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas.
The foreign minister also attended an information fair on immigration to Israel that was attended by some 500 Parisian Jews.
“The most important message for French Jews is: immigrate to Israel,” Liberman said. “If you are looking for security and a safer future for your children there is no other alternative.”
European leaders now understand that radical Islam is threat emerging from people unwilling to accept the values of the free world, he noted.
“That’s why in the Middle East they act against Israel – because they recognize us as representatives of the free world in the region,” the minister asserted.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who also traveled to Paris, criticized the participation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Qatari officials in the Paris march, pointing out Qatar’s support for Hamas.
“It’s hypocritical of those same Qataris and Arabs who are financing terrorism to come and demonstrate as if against terrorism,” he was quoted by Channel 2 telling a Parisian Jewish youth group. “I don’t accept this.”
“They’re hands are covered in blood,” he tells Army Radio.
Bennett, head of the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party, said there’s no difference between between terror in New York City, Tel Aviv, the West Bank settlement of Itamar and Paris.
“When an Islamist murderer kills the Fogel family in Itamar, when Abu Mazen [Abbas] finances terrorists who afterwards go and blow themselves up in Tel Aviv, it’s no different from those same terrorists in Paris,” he said, referring to the deadly stabbing of five members of the Fogel family by Palestinian in the Itamar settlement.
Rabbi Ehud Fogel, his wife Ruth, 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad, and three-month-old Hadas were slain in an attack on March 11, 2011.
“We won’t let 2015 turn into 1938,” Bennett told Channel 10 and explained that the battle is not just against Islamic radicalism, but for the freedom of the West in general.
Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, who also attended both the march and the immigration fair, vowed to provide help for the security of Jewish communities across France while, he said, “increasing our assistance to any individual who wishes to immigrate to Israel, and working to ease immigrants’ integration into the Israeli workforce and Israeli society.”
Liberman’s call on French Jews to move to Israel echoed a similar declaration from Netanyahu the day before during a televised statement.
“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” he said, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer.
France’s three days of terror started Wednesday when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices in central Paris and sprayed bullets into the editorial meeting, killing some of France’s best-known cartoonists.
They then slaughtered a Muslim policeman as he lay helpless on the ground before fleeing, sparking a manhunt that lasted more than 48 hours.
A day later, a third gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, shot dead a policewoman in a southern Paris suburb.
The massive hunt for the attackers culminated in twin hostage dramas that gripped the world as Coulibaly stormed into a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris and seized terrified shoppers.
The two brothers took one person hostage in a printing firm northeast of Paris. After a tense stand-off police shot them dead as they charged out of the building all guns blazing.
Moments later, security forces stormed the kosher supermarket, killing Coulibaly but making the grisly discovery that four innocent Jews had died during the hostage-taking.
All four will be buried in Israel on Tuesday, the community said.
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