Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein met Tuesday afternoon with 20 European Jewish leaders who arrived in Israel to attend the joint funeral of the four Jews killed during last week`s hostage crisis at Paris` Hyper Cacher market.
”We were all shocked by what happened and disturbed why what it means,” Edelstein said during the meeting, which took place in his office at the Knesset.
”I am happy that Jewish communities felt solidarity, which I know all citizens of Israel feel. One can hope that now there will be a better understanding that terror is terror, and that there is no difference between the terror of ISIS and that of Hamas,” the Knesset speaker continued.
Edelstein stressed that ”the enemy is not Islam, but radical Islam, and therefore we must find a way to engage in dialogue with those who are willing to listen, and at the same time fight uncompromisingly against those who are on the other side of the red line.”
The leaders of the European Jewish communities expressed their gratitude for Israel`s support.
During the meeting, the interlocutors received an update that French President Francois Hollande announced that the policewoman who was murdered prevented a terror attack on a Jewish school in the country.
Joel Margi, president of the Consistoire, the umbrella organization of Jewish congregations in France, said that the support from other Jewish communities gives French Jewry strength.
”We are in a difficult situation, and it is hard to describe how afraid our children are to go to Jewish schools in France,” he said.
”In the past, we said we don’t need Israel’s help. The opposite was true; we supported Israel. The situation changed and today the Jews of France need the State of Israel’s help.”
In response, Edelstein said Israel supports Jewish education in the Diaspora in many ways.
”This is a visit of solidarity, Edelstein said, ”that proves again, unfortunately under tragic circumstances, that ‘all of Israel is responsible for one another.`”