Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Thursday, 19 November 2015, 10:23 am
Embassy of Israel
18 November 2015
Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Meeting with French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the morning of Wednesday, 18 November 2015, attended the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic
Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. At the start of the event, he met with French Ambassador Patrick
Maisonnave, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and said:
"In Jerusalem today we stand with the people of Paris. The people of Israel stand with the people of France. Ambassador,
this is not a figurative stance, it's not just lip service.
First of all, we stand and we do not fall. Even though, our numbers may be occasionally decimated by the barbarians, our
countries are strong and we stand.
We also stand proud. We're proud of our values, proud of our societies, proud of our freedoms. And we stand shoulder to
shoulder, committed to defend our common civilization.
It’s difficult for civilized men and women to recognize that our cities, our airways, sometimes our waterways are
prowled by beasts that devour the innocent in their way. And the forces of civilization, when they realize the severity
of this problem, have no option but to unite very clearly and defeat these beasts.
The beasts increasingly have a name – it is radical Islam. That is what is doing the killing, the murder, the rape, the
burning, the beheadings.
We must stand together and fight together militant Islam. The people of Israel grieve with you, the people of Israel
stand with you. Now and always."
The conference began with a moment of silence in memory of those who were murdered in Paris.