Ya'alon Speaks With French Counterpart on Strengthening Cooperation Against Islamic Terror

'Israel will grant France all necessary help, as always, in the struggle against Islamic terror, both in intelligence and also operationally' defense minister says.

People gather in front of a makeshift memorial outside Le Carillon cafe, on November 16, 2015 at the in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.
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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke with his French counterpart, Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian and offered support, in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris Friday night.

Ya'alon expressed his condolences, wished a speedy recovery to the injured and spoke to Le Drian about strengthening cooperation between the two countries and their security establishments in fighting Islamic terror.

"Israel will grant France all necessary help, as always, in the struggle against Islamic terror, both in intelligence and also operationally. These are the instructions that have been given to the Israeli defense branches too after the attacks," Ya'alon told Le Drian. "We are on the same page in everything related to the fight against terror, which threatens the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world," he said.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.
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Ya'alon said Sunday that he expects a shift in policy in Europe when it comes to the balance between security concerns and protecting human rights following the wave of terrorist attacks in Paris over the weekend.

European countries, including France, will need to carry out wiretapping of civilians, tighten passport controls and post guards at the entrances to public places, he added.

"In the United States, until the events of September 11, [2001], the balance between security and human rights favored human rights on the issue, for example of eavesdropping on potential terrorists," he said on Army Radio. "In France and other countries in Europe, that hasn't yet happened."

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.