The terrorist attack on the French newspaper which left 12 dead pulled the Western world even farther into the reality Israel has long faced – that of radical Islam and its followers attacking freedom and those who hold it dear. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke in the wake of the horrific incident, sending the condolences of Israel and asserting the need to fight terror:
“The people of Israel send their condolences to the people of France over the brutal acts of savagery in the heart of Paris today,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, following the terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in central Paris in which 12 people were killed. “The attacks of radical Islam know no boundaries — these are international attacks and the response has to be international. The terrorists want to destroy our freedoms and our civilization.
“And therefore, all the free countries and all the civilized societies have to band together to fight this scourge. And if we stand together and if we are not divided, then we can defeat this tyranny that seeks to extinguish all our freedoms. I wish once again to express the sympathy that all the citizens of Israel feel for the people of France and for the grieving families.
“We are experiencing these attacks time and again, we know the pain but we also know the resolution with which free societies can defeat terror — however dreadful, however threatening.”