Netanyahu Orders Israeli Security, Intel Agencies to Assist France in Wake of Paris Attacks

Israel stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with France in battle against terrorism, PM says; Israel asks French authorities to beef up security around Israeli and Jewish centers in France, will beef up security at its embassy.

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington November 10, 2015.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli security and intelligence agencies to give France every assistance possible after multiple terror attacks killed scores in Paris, a senior Israeli official said Saturday.

On Friday night, the prime minister conveyed Israel's support for the people of France and French President French President François Hollande.

"Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with President Francois Hollande and with the French people in the joint war against terrorism," Netanyahu said, "I offer the condolences of the people of Israel to the families of those murdered, and wish those wounded a speedy recovery."

Hollande said Saturday that ISIS was behind the shootings and suicide bombings that killed at least 127 and wounded 200 on Friday night.

Following the series of unprecedented attacks, Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to ask French authorities to beef up security around the Israeli embassy in the French capital and Jewish institutions in France. Reinforcements will also be sent from Israel to help protect the embassy in Paris.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said Saturday the embassy in Paris is in close contact with the French authorities in order to determine whether there are Israeli casualties in the attacks. No Israeli diplomats or embassy workers were hurt. "There is uncertainty, which is why we're tracking [the situation] in every way possible," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. 

Reacting to the Paris attacks, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, although the French people were its immediate victims, it was also directed at the free world as a whole and at democratic values. "France and Israel share these values of freedom, and we are determined to work together to fight this jihadist terror," he said, promising that Israel would provide any necessary assistance that it could. 

Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin also responded to the attacks, saying, "The State of Israel stands alongside you in your uncompromising struggle against terrorism."