A woman holds a placard that reads "I Am Charlie" in Hebrew during a memorial service at the residence of France's ambassador to Israel in Jaffa.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israeli officials reacted with shock and concern on Friday over the double-hostage crisis in Paris, one of them targeting a kosher supermarket in a suburb of the capital.
“Our hearts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in France,” President Reuven Rivlin tweeted.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israeli officials in Jerusalem were “monitoring the events in Paris with concern.”
Liberman said that diplomats in Jerusalem were in contact with Israeli representatives in the embassy in Paris.
“The terror attack that has gone on for three days now is not just against the French nation, or against the Jews of France, but is aimed at the entire free world,” the foreign minister said. “This is another attempt by the forces of darkness emanating from extreme Islam to sow fear and terror against the West, and the entire international community must stand like a wall and with determination against this terrorism.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a teleconference call with Liberman, the Foreign Ministry’s director-general, Nissim Ben-Shitrit, Mossad director Tamir Pardo, national security adviser Yossi Cohen, and the head of the national security staff, Eitan Ben-David.
The Prime Minister’s Office told Channel 10 on Friday that the premier has received regular updates and that Israeli authorities are in constant contact with their French counterparts.
Netanyahu instructed all relevant government agencies to extend any assistance needed to authorities in France, Channel 10 reported. The prime minister has also ordered his underlings to issue renewed security regulations for Israeli diplomatic missions in France as well as Jewish institutions.