Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is no stranger to the war on terrorism with his country facing threats of terror on a daily basis.
Friday night’s terror attacks in Paris led world leaders across the globe to respond with support for France and commitment to eradicate terrorism, and, of course, Netanyahu was among them.
“Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with President Francois Hollande and with the French people in the joint war against terrorism,” Netanyahu said in a special news conference. “I offer the condolences of the people of Israel to the families of those murdered, and wish those wounded a speedy recovery.”
Netanyahu went on to point that he has been continuously active in the fight against terrorism because it affects his country on a daily basis.
“I have been arguing for years that Islamic terror is attacking Israel and other countries because it simply wants to destroy us,” he said.
In an effort to assist France as much as possible, Netanyahu offered Israeli security and intelligence agencies, saying that an “attack on any of us needs to be seen as an attack on all of us.”
A statement from Netanayahu’s office said that Israel has shared intelligence information at its disposal with the French.
The prime minister also reportedly said in a meeting that Israel has information relating to those involved in the Paris terror attacks, according to a senior Israeli official.
“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,” he said. “It’s an important part of the cooperation against the terrorism of the Islamic State and of radical Islamic terrorism in general.”
Israel’s embassy in Paris as well as Jewish institutions in France will have heightened security measures in place following the Paris attack, and reinforcements from Israel will be sent to help protect the embassy.
“Terror is a systematic and targeted assault on innocent civilians,” Netanyahu concluded. “Nothing justifies the terrorism. We always need to condemn it, always need to fight it.”