As the world remembers those lost 16 years ago, the United States' Ambassador to Israel spoke at the 9/11 memorial outside of Jerusalem today. The Jerusalem Post's Gil Hoffman reports that David Friedman said, "No country has felt a greater loss to radical Islamic terror than Israel":
Israelis and Americans took part in a ceremony Monday morning to remember the fallen of the 9/11 terror attack, at a memorial built by Jewish National Fund outside Jerusalem...
Herzog said that "the attacks of 9/11 were not only an attack on the US, they were an attack on the values of democracy, freedom, and equality. Israel is bound together with the US by our shared commitment to these values." He went on to add that "the terrorists know that in a world of individual freedom and tolerance, their dark creed of hatred does not stand a chance.We will always stand together with America in the fight against terrorism and extremism. It is a fight we are all too familiar with. To defeat the terrorists, we must destroy them militarily, but we must also show that our ideals are stronger than theirs.
"From here in Jerusalem, of all places, we must send a clear, defiant and united message that people of different faiths, and different backgrounds, can live side by side."
“On September 11, we all fell victim to the genocidal force of our time – radical Islamic terrorism,” Friedman said. “No country has felt a greater loss to radical Islamic terror than Israel.”
Listing a dozen terror attacks in Israel since Hebron in 1929, Friedman said it was appropriate that the only memorial outside the US that bears all the names of the victims of the attacks is in Israel.
Friedman said that in retrospect forces of freedom and civility have won at the expense of evil and hate. He expressed hope that terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic State have been weakened and “are on their way to the dustbin of history..."