Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after Eilat attack 311.
(photo credit: GPO / Avi Ohayon)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday marked a decade since the
terror attacks at The World Trade Center in New York and said "we have
to remember that we are still susceptible to terror attacks throughout
Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet
meeting that Islamic extremism, along with Iran, is threat to all of
us, the stability of the Middle East, Europe and the US.
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The prime minister warned that "the struggle is not over," and said "We must all unite, countries that aspire to life, certainly the democracies that cherish life, and act in concert against this blight."
Shimon Peres sent a message to United States President Barack Obama
expressing the solidarity of the president and people of Israel with the
American people and the bereaved families in this time of remembrance.
described the events of September 11, 2001, as the epitome of evil, and
the symbol of the courage of the American people. Beyond the horrific
human tragedy that resulted from the terrorist attacks, Peres noted that
September 11 also served as a milestone in the collective war against
terror headed by the United States, "with the aim of building a better
and safer world for our children and grandchildren." Peres recalled that
in the aftermath of September 11, America waged an uncompromising war
on terror, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden
"and freeing the world of this scourge that threatened humanity,
without losing sight of the freedom and the rights of Man." Peres lauded
America as a nation that has strived to promote the well-being of
humanity without seeking to dominate others.
"We are proud to be close friends and allies with the USA," he wrote.
people of Israel have shared in the joys of your nation and cried with
you a decade ago on the day America was attacked. And today, we again
bow our heads as America mourns its loss." Peres concluded his message
by reiterating his trust in
Obama's leadership and thanked him for his "outstanding contribution" in
saving the lives of the members of Israel's delegation in Egypt at the
most crucial moment.
The signing off of the message "with
enormous appreciation" hints broadly at the extent to which Obama was
personally involved in the rescue operation.
leader Tzipi Livni on Sunday commemorated the attacks by posting a
message on her Facebook page in which she said "that the fanatics who
carried them out intended not only to harm the United States, but to
send a message to the entire world."
"But in response to those
horrific attacks, the United States sent a message too - one which
Israel and the Israeli people not only understand but demonstrate on an almost daily basis," the message continued.
"The values which we hold so dear – freedom, democracy,peace, the sanctity of human life – are not something to
be taken for granted,they are something worth fighting for, worth
sacrificing for. Ten years ago, we were all called again to stand
together to protect and advance our most cherished beliefs from those
who seek to deny them. That remains our calling today," she said in the
Members of Knesset and families of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in New
York commemorated the 10th anniversary of the attacks at a ceremony on
Sunday afternoon at Israel’s 9/11 memorial, which is located in the Jerusalem
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon,
US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, and representatives from the police and fire
departments commemorated the 2,980 people that were killed, including 343
police and firefighters who rushed to the scene.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon
expressed his sympathy with the American people, saying that "Israel,
which has unfortunately known all too well, the terrible price that
terrorism inflicts upon individuals and society, stands with America in
its continuing battle for Democracy and Freedom. Know that we are at you
side as you defend the core values of our civilization and pursue, in
righteous anger, those who would destroy our lives and our societies."
"We also know that you are by our side. Yesterday, we once
again witnessed that in our hour of need, America is always ready to
assist the State of Israel. The Government of Israel wishes to thank
President Obama and all of the American officials who were involved in
the bringing to safety of Israeli diplomats and their families from
"Israelis and Americans mourn together the loss, share the pain and
collectively continue to defend the future. A future, where those who
crave life and freedom will triumph over those who seek death and
destruction," the minister concluded.
The Israeli monument to
the 9/11 terror attacks is the largest memorial outside of the US, and is
designed as a billowing flag that turns into an eternal flame, etched with the
names of the victims, including five Israelis who were killed, Alona Avraham,
Daniel Mark Levin, Hagai Shefi, Leon Lebor, and Shai Levinhar. The monument was
dedicated two years ago and was designed by Israeli artist Eliezer