PM Visits Kosher Grocery, Urges United Stand on Terror

Prime minister calls on Europe to unite against terror.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited on Monday the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, where four hostages were killed in Friday's terror attack. "I visited the Hyper Cacher in Paris this afternoon," Netanyahu said on his Facebook page after the visit. "There I met Celine, who was one of the hostages and who told me what happened during the terror attack."

"A straight line runs between the extreme Islam's attacks around the world and the attack that took place here," Netanyahu said. "I expect all leaders, after we marched together through the streets of Paris, to fight all forms of terror, even when it is directed at Israel and at Jews. As far as I'm concerned, I will always make sure that Israel marches in the frontline when it comes to its security and future."

Earlier on Monday, Netanyahu met with Jewish leaders and told them how moved he was to meet the bereaved families a day earlier. "I told them I understand their feelings and that the Israeli people embrace the bereaved families. It was a moment of true Jewish solidarity," he said.

Netanyahu said the image of the prime minister of Israel marching against terrorism alongside world leaders against carries a lot of significance. "This is something the State of Israel has been saying for many years," he said, "with one simple addition: If the world doesn't unite now against terrorism, the terror attacks we experienced here will grow to dimensions that people can't imagine. Therefore I hope Europe unites, and I hope it comes to its senses." Netanyahu added that "Israel supports Europe in its fight against terrorism, and it's time Europe support Israel in the same exact struggle."

"The visit in Paris is also a moment of human solidarity," Netanyahu said. "From the moment the security problem was solved and I was able to come here, it was natural for me to come, it was important," he added, referring to the last-minute decision to attend the mass after considerable wavering.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech during the memorial ceremony at the Grand Synagogue in Paris, France, January 11, 2015.
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Netanyahu previously confirmed that the four victims will be buried at Jerusalem's Givat Shaul cemetary on Tuesday. The prime minister will attend the funeral, as will President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog, and other ministers, Knesset members and public figures.

The prime minister marched in Sunday's rally alongside Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and at the side of French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, among other world leaders.

Following the march, Netanyahu attended a memorial event at Paris' main synagogue.

He told the crowd at the synagogue that Israel and Jews around the world stand by France and the French people. At the service, he thanked France’s president and prime minister for their stance against anti-Semitism, and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks.

Netanyahu also thanked the French security services, and expressed special appreciation for Lassana Bathily, a Muslim from Mali who helped save several customers during the attack on the kosher supermarket.

It was revealed late Monday that French President Francois Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend the memorial march, in an attempt to separate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the European show of unity.