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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday 21 Teves, made the following remarks at the start of his meeting with French Jewish community leaders:
“First of all, I would like to thank you, leaders of the French Jewish community, for the warm hospitality. Yesterday’s event in the La Victoire Shul was emotional. I was also moved at the meeting with the bereaved families. I embraced the two brothers and I told them that I understand their feelings very well and that the entire Jewish People embraces the families. This was a moment of genuine Jewish solidarity. The visit to Paris was also a moment of general solidarity with humanity. As soon as the security problem was resolved, thus allowing me to come, it was natural that I come here, it was important that I come here and therefore I came here.
“There is great significance in what the world saw, the Prime Minister of Israel marching with all the world leaders in a united effort against terrorism, or at least in a call for unity. This is something the State of Israel has been saying for many years. This is what we are saying here today with one simple addition: If the world does not unite now against terrorism, the blows that terrorism has struck here will increase in a magnitude that can scarcely be conceived; therefore, I hope that Europe will unite. I hope that it will also take action.
“Israel supports Europe in the struggle against terrorism and the time has come for Europe to support Israel in the exact same struggle.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)