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What Are the Odds???

That the folks shot in cold blood in a kosher deli were Jewish?

Boy, will Obama be red-faced—uh, embarrassed:

Chilling new details from a deadly terrorist attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris last month emerged Friday when a reported transcript of footage from the incident surfaced.

In the nearly eight-minute-long video filmed on a GoPro camera by Amedy Coulibaly, the Islamist gunman can reportedly be seen shooting three of the four victims and delivering an anti-Semitic rant.

The footage shows Coulibaly first grabbing hold of a customer, requesting his name, and then shooting him dead, reports said. The gunman goes on to ask another man for his origin, then kills him after the man replies “Jewish,” according to the BBC, quoting French reports.

“So you know why I am here then, Allahu Akbar,” Coulibaly proceeds to shout, according to a Le Nouvel Observateur report. The gunman can also be heard making anti-Semitic remarks as hostages cry out that the victims have done no wrong.

Coulibaly reportedly told a French journalist at the height of the siege that he had deliberately chosen to target Jews.

This administration has an unfortunate streak of blaming Islamic terrorism on anything else—a YouTube video, knishes, folks. I wish he would indulge his delusions on his own time—perhaps during those hours of golf. The rest of us aren’t interested.

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But I Really Like Their Wine!

Burgundy! Rhone! Loire! Alsace!

I don’t know how much more of this I can tolerate!

France’s interior minister said Sunday several hundred tombs have been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in east of the country, in what he called “a despicable act”.

“The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Bernard Cazeneuve without giving further details of the incident in the town of Sarre-Union.

“Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this ignominious act,” he added.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, writing on Twitter, also condemned the desecration, calling it “an anti-Semitic and ignoble act”.

It is not the first time that a Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union has been targeted.

In 1988, around 60 Jewish steles, stone or wooden slabs often used for commemorative purposes, were knocked over while in 2001, 54 tombs were wrecked.

It comes as France’s more than half a million-strong Jewish community is feeling increasingly vulnerable after last month’s deadly attacks in Paris, and amid a steady rise in already high levels of anti-Semitism.

Record numbers of French Jews are already emigrating – particularly to Israel – due to anti-Semitism compounded by a weak economy, but the murder of four Jewish shoppers in a Paris supermarket in January has caused even more to consider to move.

Following the deadly attack France’s Prime Minister Valls said that an exodus of Jews from the country would mark “the failure of the French republic.”

Again, you guys get me with this “we’re all in this together”, liberté, egalité, fraternité stuff. Very nice, I’m sure. But clearly there are some “Frenchmen” who don’t “share” your “values”. And while we don’t need to cast aspersions on any religions of peace, many of those Frenchmen are named Mohammed. (I’m just sayin’.)

So, I’m pulling for you, Frenchie, I really am. As Hannibal Lecter says to Clarice Starling, the world is more interesting with you in it. At least your wine. But I’m not optimistic.

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Here Is Jan Psaki Explaining That The Attack On Jews Wasn’t Necessarily An Attack On Jews

This goes with the story below. It is surreal, and I don’t use the word lightly.

– Aggie

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Les Juifs Sont Fait

We’ve visited this story (and used this title) before. Might as well use it while we can:

A record number of French Jews flocked to “Israel opportunities” fairs throughout France this week, as Israeli officials anticipate an unprecedented wave of French aliyah to only increase in 2015.

Some 8,000 people, mostly between the ages of 16 and 35, have visited the “Orient-a-Sion” fairs taking place in Paris, Lyon and Marseilles – well over 1% of the entire French Jewish community.

“We have been doing this for years, and we could not believe our eyes,” said Daniel Benhaim, head of the Jewish Agency delegation in France. “By 10 a.m., there was a line around the block.”

Echoing statements by other Israeli officials – including Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky – Benhaim expressed confidence that the number of Jews leaving France for Israel would break last year’s record figure of more than 7,200. Those numbers were more than double the previous year (3,400) and triple the number seen in 2012 (1,900).

In Paris alone, some 6,000 people participated in the event, three times the 2,000 who attended last year.

Last time Jews left France in these numbers…well, never mind. This time it will be by their choice.

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Hey Europe, You Have Our Number

Please remain on the line…your terrorist threat is important to us:

The recent surge of terror-related incidents in Europe is pushing demand for security. Europe’s schools, companies and religious institutions looking for trained, experienced high-end security personnel are turning to Israel to meet demands.

“Today the world is less innocent, people start to understand, the threats and the dangers, and start to demand security,” said Robby Said, general manager of security firm “Israel Special Forces”.

Said’s company deploys trained security personnel to half a dozen countries worldwide. Demand surged after the recent violent attacks in France.

Fancy that! I hope the first lesson the French learned was to show restraint.

But it doesn’t sound like it:

Industry experts say the threat of urban terror is new to Europe, but not Israel, which is why demand has grown by some 30 percent since January’s attacks in France.

“The first thought that I had is that if someone that is well trained, like an Israeli guy, or a personal security guard was there (in France), it would have been over very fast,” said Ron Elmaliach, chief security instructor and CEO of security firm Tactical Zone.

The words “intellectual” and “existentialism” are closely associated with the French. But if Sartre and Camus aren’t spinning in their graves at the thought of French hypocrisy and betrayal (also closely associated), I’ll eat my chapeau. Welcome to the real world, France. Quelle horreur!

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List Of Nations Advised To Show Restraint Grows Daily

Once upon a time, when this blog was in its infancy, the US, the UN and the EU cheerfully told Israel to “show restraint” each and every time Muslims bombed busses and cafes. That used to infuriate me, because I watched the restraint that we showed after September 11th – in both Afghanistan and Iraq. But because appeasement is really just another word for incentive, and because anything that comes with incentives grows and spreads, I’m happy to report that the list of nations needing to show restraint is growing. Let’s see.. Jordan, Japan, Syria, France, Yemen, Libya, Canada, Australia, England. Those are some of the most recent examples of nations which really need to show restraint. Have I missed any?

– Aggie

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Oh, To Be in Paris

Now that sharia is near:

At least as many anti-Muslim acts have taken place in France since the terror attacks this month as for all of last year, a leading Muslim group reported Friday.

The French Council for the Muslim Religion said 128 anti-Muslim actions or threats were reported from January 7th to the 20th — a number that does not include the densely populated Paris region. That’s compared to 133 in all of France, including Paris, in 2014.

Wow! I wouldn’t want to be Muslim in France.

Unless I were Jewish:

The cabinet will discuss Sunday a report pointing to a worrying rise in worldwide anti-Semitism in 2014, including a sharp increase in attacks against Jews.

According to the report, there was a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents during July and August 2014 – likely due to Operation Protective Edge – compared to the same time the previous year.

The report, authored by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry in cooperation with the Coordination Forum for Countering anti-Semitism, found France to be “the most dangerous country for Jews today,” after “the levels of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews there have reached new heights.”

France saw an increase of 100 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, with half of the recorded “racist incidents” targeting Jews, even though they constitute less than 1 percent of the population.

The arithmetic is a little tricky, but it would seem that if anti-Muslim backlash keeps up this breakneck (ha-ha) pace, it just might reach the levels Jews saw for all of last year (the overwhelming percentage of which is committed by Muslims).

No offense, France, love you, but if I could dig up all of Burgundy and move it truck by truck to Oregon or California, I would do it, and brick up the rest of Gaul (after rescuing any remaining Jews) for 100 years. This is a problem of France’s making. We fought a Civil War to rid ourselves of an insidious ideology. Let them.

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Je Suis James Earl Ray

As he so often does, James Taranto makes the best case against people like Barack Obama who say “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

But what can one say about this week’s column by DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication in Baltimore? Choudary and Wickham make nearly identical arguments. Their columns are titled, respectively, “People Know the Consequences” and “ ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Crosses the Line.” Neither man expressly endorses the terrorists’ actions, but both strongly imply the victims had it coming because they offended their killers’ religious sensibilities.

Call it the assassin’s veto. And there is no principled basis to apply such a doctrine only in cases of Islamic supremacist violence. Martin Luther King and other civil-rights leaders were assassinated by white supremacists angry over the things the victims had said. By Wickham’s logic, that would have justified government censorship of speech in favor of civil rights. If the courts adopted the Wickham doctrine, extremists of all stripes would have a powerful incentive to kill.

Martin Luther King knew he was shouting “fire” in a crowded church, not least because there was a fire, or a bomb.

He also knew that by speaking out, he might not live to see the day about which he dreamed.

Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

Who knows how many death threats he received? Who knows how many other black Americans were killed in that lawless century between the Civil War and the Civil Rights era? What Dr. King did know, for sure, was that he was poking a white-robed-and-hooded bear. “I just want to do God’s will. … I’m not fearing any man.”

He may not have feared any particular man, but he would have had plenty to fear from J-School deans like DeWayne Wickham and their ilk in academia and the media. King knew that the possibility of his assassination was a necessary prerequisite for speaking out. Politically correct dimwits like DeWayne would have used it as a reason to censor him.

Yes, you had a dream, Marty, that’s nice. But no one wants to hear about that now. Be a good boy and come down from that mountaintop before anyone gets hurt.

Free speech absolutists (among whom I count myself) claim that censorship is often used against the very people it was meant to protect (anti-pornography laws women “performance artists”). That couldn’t clearer here.

Obama and Kerry tiresomely repeat that we should not hold against all Muslims the acts of a few Muslims (who aren’t really Muslim at all). Agreed (up to a point). But then why the admonition against “slandering the prophet of Islam”? Don’t we have laws and law enforcement to protect us from those very few crazies who would take offense to violent extremes? Should we refrain from going out after dark because of the actions of a very few violent criminals? Or should we live our lives according to the liberties guaranteed in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—and expect that the government do one of its enumerated jobs and protect our rights (including the right of self-defense, I would argue)?

I think I know how Dr. King would answer that.

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Whodunnit?

Some say Islamist terrorists:

On January 11, 2015, a Dailymotion account called Baqya (a reference to ISIS) posted a seven-minute video of “Abu Basir ‘Abdallah Al-Afriki,” namely Amedy Coulibaly, who perpetrated the January 9, 2015 attack in the kosher supermarket in Paris and murdered a policewoman in Montrouge on the day before. The video, titled “Soldier of the Caliphate,” shows him pledging allegiance to ISIS and preparing for the attacks. It also features several segments in which he speaks to the camera and justifies his actions. Sitting with an ISIS flag behind him and a rifle beside him, he says: “What we are doing, avenging the Prophet, is completely legitimate, deserved and timely. You attacked the Caliphate, the Islamic State, [so] you are being attacked. You cannot attack and [expect] nothing in return.”

Coulibaly also confirms his ties with the Kouachi brothers, perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. He claims that he gave them thousands of Euros and helped them prepare for the shooting, and that he and they coordinated their actions but acted separately in order to maximize the impact. Finally, he also addresses the Muslims in Europe and France in particular, calling them to join the jihad “to defend Islam.”

Okay, that’s one theory.

Here’s another:

Many people, Dana Kennedy said, were of the opinion that Jews had staged the series of deadly terror incidents to make Muslims look bad, though one went even further with his explanation.

“One person told me that they weren’t just regular Jews that were doing this but in fact but a race of magical shape-shifting Jews that were master manipulators that could be everywhere at the same time,” Kennedy said.

The belief that Jews have supernatural abilities to carry out their wicked plans is not uncommon in the Middle East.

In 2013 during a speech to religious students, Mehdi Taeb, who headed a think tank and was considered close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that Jews are powerful sorcerers who have used their abilities to attack Iran. He noted that while “the Jews” had yet to unleash their full powers, their abilities were negated after they tried to use magic to interfere with the Iranian elections of 2008 and 2009.

The conspiracy theorists could have been inspired by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s spoof portrayal of anti-Semitic Kazakh journalist Borat, who in a 2006 film reported on “shape-shifting Jews” who had trapped him in their “nest.”

I’ll go out on a limb and say I put the pathological ravings (based on a joke by a kosher-keeping, Hebrew-speaking Jew) of a paranoid people maybe third on my list of two suspects.

All very amusing, I’m sure, but I do have one serious point.

WHAT IN G-D’S NAME ARE WE DOING CATERING TO THE SENSIBILITIES OF A BUNCH OF LUNATICS?

These people are out of their gourds, a clear and present danger to any so unfortunate to cross their paths, and the attitude of Obama, Kerry, et al, is watch what we say, don’t look them in the eye, bow and scrape, etc. Eunuchs all of them.

Achtung, crazy people! Ali G does not attend Friday prayers!

Admiral General Aladeen was not a real dictator!

Jews cannot shape-shift!

Or can they…? Watch your backs.

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I’ll See Your Mark Steyn…

And raise you a Kevin Williamson:

Let us call the roll of national badasses: the 75th Ranger Regiment, USMC Force Reconnaissance, the SEALS, Delta Force . . . James Taylor?

What sort of warriors does a weary nation facing a savage enemy turn to? “The Quiet Professionals,” “Semper Fidelis,” “Death from Above” . . .

“A Churning Urn of Burning Funk.”

The spectacle of the Obama administration’s dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to “share a big hug with Paris” as James Taylor — who still exists — crooned “You’ve Got a Friend” is the perfect objective correlative for American decline: The pathetic self-regard of John Kerry and James Taylor’s Baby Boomers meets the cynical, self-serving, going-through-the-motions style of Barack Obama’s Generation X as disenchanted Millennials in parental basements across the fruited plains no doubt injured their thumbs typing “WTF?” It is the substitution of celebrity for power, of sentiment for analysis, of sloppy gesture for clear-headed commitment.

We’re responding to barbarism from the 7th century with soft rock from the 1970s.

It’s not about James Taylor, as past his sell-by date as he is. It’s about John Kerry. It’s about Barack Obama. It’s about what used to be the United States of America.

Does a policeman arrive at the scene of a gangland murder (late, after first sending a crossing guard) with a troubadour and a “big hug” for the victims, spouting liberal pieties that while these may be gangland murders, they are the crimes of no particular gang? Maybe in today’s America they do.

When it comes to jihad, there are no obvious solutions, but there are some obvious non-solutions, and an impromptu James Taylor concert surely is one of them.

Williamson’s solution:

Seriously: If you’re going to send a past-its-prime musical act to an ally in distress — instead of showing up to join the rest of the heads of state in a show of solidarity — then send in the wild boys from Huntington Park, Calif., who are, like the last effective foreign policy maintained by this country, born of the 1980s. James Taylor tells France, “You’ve got a friend.” Slayer tells the world, “You’ve got a problem.” And there’s something in the Slayer catalog for everybody: “Jihad” for the most literal-minded; “Evil Has No Boundaries,” a sentiment that social conservatives could surely endorse; “War Ensemble” for the neocons; and President John Bolton’s agenda for his first 100 days in office: “Raining Blood.” (“Endless war?” President Bolton scoffs. “Try three weeks.”) If you find yourself in a fight, you want to know that you’ve got a friend. But do you really want that friend to be James Taylor?

He suggests Metal, but I wonder if another genre might not be more juste?

Islamist terrorists, meet Neo-Nazis. You two should hit it off. Or just hit.

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Je Suis Outta Here

We’ve covered some of this ground already, but not in the presence of the divine Caroline Glick:

January 16 is the nine-year anniversary of the beginning of the Ilan Halimi disaster.

On January 16, 2006, Sorour Arbabzadeh, the seductress from the Muslim anti-Jewish kidnapping gang led by Youssouf Fofana, entered the cellphone store where Halimi worked and set the honey trap.

Four days later, Halimi met Arbabzadeh for a drink at a working class bar and agreed to walk her home. She walked him straight into an ambush. Her comrades beat him, bound him and threw him into the trunk of their car.

They brought Halimi to a slum apartment and tortured him for 24 days and 24 nights before dumping him, handcuffed, naked, stabbed and suffering from third degree burns over two-thirds of his body, at a railway siding in Paris.

He died a few hours later in the hospital.

Measured by duration and premeditation, the Halimi torture must rank as the second-worst of France’s recent brushes with Muslim terrorism—worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres, not as horrific as the Toulouse slaughter of Jewish schoolchildren. (Your rankings may differ.)

But is that how France saw it?

The anti-Jewish nature of the gang was clear from its chosen victims. The anti-Semitic nature of their atrocious crime against Halimi was obvious from the first time they contacted his mother, Ruth Halimi, demanding ransom for his release. They made anti-Jewish slurs in all their communications with her.

And as she heard her sons tortured cries in the background, Ruth was subjected to his torturers’ recitation of Koranic verses.

And yet, throughout the period of his captivity, French authorities refused to consider the anti-Jewish nature of the crime, and as a result, refused to treat the case as life threatening or urgent.

The same attitude continued well after Halimi was found. As Weitzmann noted, the investigative magistrate insisted “There isn’t a single element to allow one to attach this murder to an anti-Semitic purpose or an anti-Semitic act.”

The denial went on through the 2009 trials of the 29 kidnappers and their accomplices. Anti-Semitism was listed as an aggravating circumstance of the crime – and as such, a cause for harsher sentencing – only for the gang leader Fofana. And in the end, even for him, the judges did not take it into account at sentencing.

As for those 29 kidnappers and accomplices, as Weitzmann notes, each one of them had a circle of friends and family.

As a consequence, by a one reporters’ conservative estimate, at least 50 people were aware of the crime and where Halimi was being held, while he was being held. And not one of them called the police. Not one of them felt moved to make a call that could save the life of a Jew.

After the fact, the media in France were happy to publish articles by the torturers’ defense lawyers insisting, “Only people motivated by ‘political reasons’ would try to sell the opinion that anti-Semitism is eating away at French society.”

[W]hen Halimi, and six years later when the three children and the rabbi massacred at Otzar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, were brought to Israel for burial, the media reported their decision in a negative way hinting that it was evidence of the basic disloyalty, or otherness of the Jews of France.

We made the same point about Netanyahu’s insistence on coming to France for the public memorial and march for the victims. Remember, their families had asked that they be buried in Israel. It was only proper that he (even if only symbolically) accompany their bodies to their ancestral home. And he should be praised, not scourged, for offering a home to living French Jews, not just dead ones.

Glick looks at the last nine years of France’s relations with its Jews and sees the same merde, different jour.

[W]hat Halimi’s murder exposed is that anti-Semitism in France is systemic. Muslims are the main perpetrators of violence. And they operate in social environments that are at a minimum indifferent to Jewish suffering and victimization. This violence and indifference is abetted by non-Islamic elites. French authorities minimize the unique threat Jews face. And the media are happy to ignore the issue, or when given the slightest opportunity, to claim that the Jews are responsible for their own victimization.

Indeed, in live reports from the scene of the hostage taking at the kosher supermarket in Paris last week, Weitzmann noted that in the early hours of the attack, French media failed to mention that the hostages were Jews.

This line is a whopper:

When all is said and done, it is their necks on the line while humanity’s conscience is merely troubled.

PS: I wrote yesterday about the flaming a-hole on NPR who ragged on Netanyahu and Israel. One of his points I forgot to mention is that he didn’t think many French Jews would pursue the aliyah suggested by Neyanyahu. His ignorance knows no bounds:

Speaking of aliya is also essential because so far the only thing that has caused French authorities to speak directly against anti-Semitism and take action to defend French Jewry has been the prospect of a mass exodus of their Jews.

The year 2014 saw a 50 percent increase in French aliya. And the Jewish Agency anticipates that that number will double to 15,000 in 2015, with 50,000 more not far behind.

If Jews don’t flee France in 2016, it will be because they’ve already left.

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Netanyahu Takes Selfie With Dead French Jews

Not my opinion—farthest from it—but the opinion of National Public Radio.

What prompted the intemperate outburst against the prime minister of the Jewish State? What wouldn’t?

A little background. Local NPR affiliate WBUR produces a national news talk program, On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook. Every Friday, they have a round table discussion of the week’s events, with several guest journalists. I knew something was up when the panel consisted of a retired editor of the Atlantic, a CNN correspondent, and Politico’s Michael Hirsh. A Murderer’s Row of modernist media mediocrity. I guess anyone from Fox, News, the WSJ, the Washington Times, etc. had a previous engagement.

The discussion turned to the rally in Paris, and the “controversy” of Netanyahu’s attendance. Hirsh led the way. Hollande didn’t want Netanyahu to attend, he claimed (there is reporting to that effect, if it is to be believed), but Netanyahu ignored the wishes of his hosts. And why wouldn’t he? The Muslim terrorists targeted the kosher shop because of its association with Jews—why shouldn’t the PM of Israel attend a rally in honor of the Jews who died there? How is that even controversial? Mahmoud Abbas was there. Merkel and Cameron were there. Even the African man (presumably) in the hat. An American functionary was there. But not Netanyahu? That’s insane.

But Hirsch was just getting started. He said Netanyahu hijacked the event to make a plea for French Jews to come to Israel. More, he did so not out of concern for their lives, but out of demographic greed. He needs all the Jews can get his hands on.

You may think I’m mischaracterizing Hirsh’s position. Alas, there is no transcript. (Why can a private radio entrepreneur like Rush Limbaugh get his transcripts up within a few hours, and leave them on the web, searchable, indefinitely, but state-run radio can’t be bothered?)

But there was this supportive comment that confirms everything I wrote:

I want to thank Michael Hirsh from Politico for putting Netanyahu’s self serving comments on inviting French Jews to Israel into perspective. It was a breath of fresh air from someone in the press….and must continue.

I feel it is too bad Jack Beatty doesn’f take on this truth weekly coming out of Israel & the Middle East by their Capital Hill and Wall St Zionist apologists.

Why have freedom of speech and the press and public radio if one is intimidated to take on the truth and the real outlaws of our times in Israel… so many Americans are disgusted with today and boycott.

It seems to me they are the root cause of all this Muslim unrest along with their Wall Street and Wash Apologists and want war daily in the Middle East (see their Bomb ,Bomb Iran mentality in an NYT Op-ed and their warning of “next ” to Syria in London Review) instead of doing what is right and awful and getting off Palestinian land with their illegal Jewish settlements, Fascist wall & blockade of Gaza

Dee, whatever s/he is, loves itself some Michael Hirsh. What was “fresh air” to him/her was one of the most sulfurous emissions from the bowels of Hell to which I have ever had the misfortune of being exposed to. I hear Jim Clancy is out at CNN for his nasty and taunting Twitter comments toward Jews. Maybe Politico is hiring.

But I can’t leave it there. Truth must be heard in the end. This is what Netanyahu said in the Great Synagogue of Paris. Take offense if you will:

On this day, all citizens of Israel and Jews around the world stand with France and the French people. I greatly appreciate the determined stance of the President of France, Francois Hollande, and Prime Minister Valls against any expression of anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism and against terror. This stance is important to France and it is important to the world.

I wish to convey my condolences to the families of the journalists and police and all those innocent people who were murdered while realizing their most basic rights: freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom of belief, even the freedom not to believe. These are the values on which modern France is built and these are values that are worth fighting for.

Today I marched through the streets of Paris, in one line with leaders from around the world, in order to say that terror must end. It is time that we fight against terror together. And I would like to use this opportunity to salute the French security forces who acted with remarkable bravery, as well as to express my appreciation to the Malian, who is a Muslim, who helped save seven Jews.

My dear brothers and sisters, I came here from Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, to share in your pain over the murders of Francois-Michel, Philippe, Yoav and of Yohan, who bravely tried to grab the terrorist’s gun and was fatally wounded. The memory of our four holy brothers will be forever engraved on the hearts of our people.

Our shared enemy is radical Islam, not Islam and not just radicals – radical Islam. This form of Islam has many names: ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, al-Shabab, Hezbollah; but they are all branches from the same poison tree.

Although the various factions of radical Islam are given to local bloody conflicts, including amongst themselves, they all share the same aspiration: To impose a dark tyranny on the world, to return humanity one thousand years to the past. They trample anyone who does not share their path, first and foremost their Muslim brothers, but their greatest hatred is saved for Western culture, that same culture that respects freedom and equal rights – all the things they so despise.

For this reason it is not a coincidence that radical Islam has sought to destroy Israel from the very day it declared its independence: Because Israel is the only Western democracy in the Middle East, because Israel is the only place that is truly safe for Christians, women, minorities, that respects all human rights.

Well, here is another truth: Radical Islam does not hate the West because of Israel. It hates Israel because it is an organic part of the West. It rightly views Israel as an island of Western democracy and tolerance in an ocean of fanaticism and violence that it wishes to impose on the Middle East, Europe and the entire world.

Israel is not under attack because of this or that detail of its policies, but rather because of its very existence and nature.

Israel stands with Europe and Europe must stand with Israel. As the civilized world today stands with France against terror, so must it stand with Israel against terror. It is the exact same terror. Those who slaughtered Jews in the synagogue in Jerusalem and those who slaughtered Jews and journalists in Paris belong to the same murderous terrorist movement. They should be condemned in the same measure and they must be fought in the same manner.

Only when the international community fights our shared enemy in a uniform manner will we know that we are on the path to victory. I promise you: Israel will continue to fight against terror. Israel will continue to defend itself and we know that when we defend ourselves, we defend the entire civilized world.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, Jews of France, I would like to say to you what I say to our Jewish brothers and sisters from all countries: You have the full right to live in safety and tranquility as citizens with equal rights wherever you wish, including here in France. But Jews of our time have been blessed with another right, a right that did not exist for previous generations of Jews: The right to join their Jewish brothers and sisters in our historic homeland, the Land of Israel; the right to live in our free country, the one and only Jewish state, the State of Israel; the right to stand tall and proud at the walls of Zion, our eternal capital of Jerusalem.

Any Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed with open arms and warm and accepting hearts. They will not arrive in a foreign land but rather the land of our forefathers. God willing, they will come and many of you will come to our home. Am Yisrael Chai.

The Obama regime dismisses him as “chickens**t” and “Aspergery”. I find him inspiring—one of the very few leaders in the world today willing to speak the truth, certainly the most moving. Those who are affronted choose to be so. They know very well what they do. I choose never to forgive them.

PS: How could I forget that Netanyahu came to claim the bodies of the four dead Jews for burial in Israel—at the request of the families?! This makes criticism even more obscene, if possible. I’m so disgusted, I could spit.

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