President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal have landed in France on Sunday to participate in a memorial ceremony marking ten years since the terror attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, at the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron.
During their visit, Herzog and his wife met a couple who lost their eight-year-old daughter Myriam in the terror attack at in Toulouse. Former French Presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy attended the ceremony as well.
On March 19, 2012, a French-born Islamist, Mohammed Merah, killed Myriam Monsonego, 8, along with Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two sons, Arieh and Gabriel, at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school.
During the ceremony Herzog spoke about antisemitism, saying: "Anyone searching for a justification for hatred must know that hatred has no reason." He blamed antisemitic hatred on radical Islam "which never misses an opportunity to attack Jews, and as we have seen, unfortunately, also Muslims and Christians."
Herzog went on to say that antisemitism includes the desire to annihilate Israel, an agenda, he said, which is promoted by Iran: "The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are a central actor in the spread of terror and hate."
Herzog concluded his remarks with a praise of the efforts made by European leaderships in light of the war in Ukraine, adding that Israel is "making every effort to bring about the end of the destruction,"