Netanyahu, Rivlin offer condolences to Paris

"The Notre-Dame is one of the most beautiful symbols of Paris in particular and France in general," wrote Rivlin.

By REUTERS, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
April 16, 2019 09:02
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Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019.

Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. . (photo credit: BENOIT TESSIER /REUTERS)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to Paris on Monday night concerning the fire that erupted in France's Notre Dame Cathedral.

"I deeply regret the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris," Netanyahu said. "It is a heritage site for the culture and religion of France and humanity as a whole. We look forward to the success of the firefighting efforts."

President Reuven Rivlin also showed his support on Twitter.

"The Notre-Dame is one of the most beautiful symbols of Paris in particular and France in general, but also one of the most important to any civilized person," he wrote. "Last January I looked at the Paris skyline, which the cathedral's turret made even more beautiful. Our hearts are with the citizens of France and to the legends of the Notre-Dame, real and fictional ones."


French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday after a blaze devastated large parts of the gothic gem on Monday.

"Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicenter of our lives," Macron told reporters in front of the still burning Paris landmark.

"Notre-Dame is burning, and I know the sadness, and this tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too," he said, announcing the launch of an fundraising campaign. "Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together," he added.

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