World leaders responded to the savage acts of terrorism in Paris Friday with a strong outpouring of support for France, as well as a stinging condemnation of radical Islam and its disregard for human life.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among them, holding a special press conference on Saturday to address the attacks.
Netanyahu stated: “Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with President Francois Hollande and with the French people in the joint war against terrorism. I offer the condolences of the people of Israel to the families of those murdered, and wish those wounded a speedy recovery.”
He said: “I have been arguing for years that Islamic terror is attacking Israel and other countries because it simply wants to destroy us.”
Netanyahu also argued that an “attack on any of us needs to be seen as an attack on all of us.”
The prime minister has ordered Israeli security and intelligence agencies to give France every assistance possible.
In a statement issued by his office on Saturday, Netanayahu said that Israel has shared intelligence information at its disposal with the French.
One senior Israeli official relayed that Netanyahu said in a meeting that Israel has information relating to those involved in the Paris terror attacks.
Netanyahu said: “We are not exactly a marginal player in this field, and the information that we have we are sharing with France and other relevant countries, not just over the past day. It’s an important part of the cooperation against the terrorism of the Islamic State and of radical Islamic terrorism in general.
The prime minister has told the Israeli Foreign Ministry to tell French authorities to increase security around Israel’s embassy in Paris as well as Jewish institutions in France. He also said that reinforcements from Israel will be sent to help protect the embassy.
Netanyahu spoke out about terrorism in general, saying: “Terror is a systematic and targeted assault on innocent civilians. Nothing justifies the terrorism. We always need to condemn it, always need to fight it.”
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