PM offers assistance to France, calls for West to unite against radical Islam
Netanyahu addresses spate of attacks in Paris, sends condolonces; likens terror in France to Gaza, Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the West to stand firm and fight back against radical Islam, amid a series of terrorist attacks in France.
Netanyahu convened an emergency consultation with top officials, and offered intelligence and other assistance to France.
“This is the essence of the battle that we’re fighting. The terrorists have shown that they have the will to crush us, but they don’t have the capacity,” Netanyahu tweeted on the Prime Minister of Israel’s Twitter account on Friday.
“Now we must show that we have the will to defeat them and crush them. It must be followed by a broad-based assault on the forces of radical Islam throughout the world. This is everybody’s battle,” he said.
The prime minister asserted that the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday and the Friday attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were a microcosm of a greater battle against jihadists.
“This is a global struggle. Bringing to justice the Paris murderers is just the beginning,” he wrote. “And all of them seek to destroy our freedoms and to impose on all of us a violent, medieval tyranny. They might have different names, but all of them are driven by the same hatred and blood-thirsty fanaticism.”
“They bomb churches in Iraq; they slaughter tourists in Bali; they rocket civilians from Gaza; and strive to build nuclear weapons in Iran…we have to fight these enemies of our common civilization,” the prime minister added.
Netanyahu, invoking the jihadist terrorism Israel has grappled with, said that he sympathized with France and once again sent his condolences to President Francois Hollande and the French people.
“We grieve with our French brothers & sisters. We reaffirm our commitment to work together to defeat the enemies of the democratic values,” concluded Netanyahu .
The prime minister sent a condolence letter to French President Francois Hollande Thursday, expressing empathy over a deadly terror attack at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“This attack on France is an attack on us all. Free peoples everywhere must unite to confront radical Islamist terrorism and to protect ourselves against this threat to our common civilization,” Netanyahu wrote to his French counterpart.
On Wednesday, gunmen stormed the Paris office of the magazine, claiming a dozen lives, including prominent Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski.
The gunmen cried out “Allahu akbar” and said that their attack was to “avenge the prophet,” the French daily Le Monde reported. They fled in a hijacked car, running over a pedestrian and shooting at officers.
Charlie Hebdo, which regularly runs articles and caricatures critical of religion, has published a series of satirical cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
On Friday a gunman men stormed a Kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, taking at least six hostages. Conflicting reports indicated two people may have been killed.
On Friday Netanyahu held emergency consultations with a delegation of policymakers and security officials to discuss the Paris attacks.
The panel, which included Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Mossad chief Tamir Pardo, among others, was advised to continue providing the French authorities with as much intelligence as possible and to refresh safety guidelines at the Israeli embassy in Paris and Jewish institutions throughout the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.