(MKs with French PM Manuel Valls)
During an official visit to Paris, France, members of the Israel-France Parliamentary Friendship Group, including MKs Elie Elalouf (Kulanu), Abdullah Abu Maaruf (Joint List), Karin Elharrar (Yesh Atid) and Amir Ohana (Likud), reacted to Tuesday`s deadly terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
Elalouf, chairman of the Friendship Group, said people in Brussels, France and Israel face the threat of terror, adding ”we are all on the same front.” Abu Maaruf said terrorists everywhere must be chased down and called to ”remove all innocent civilians from the cycle of terror.”
(The MKs with French Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, Monday)
Elharar said, ”Today, while on an official visit to Paris, we awoke to yet another wave of terror that has attacked Europe. It is evident that Europe is beginning to understand the difficulty in dealing with radical Islamist terror. I am hoping for fruitful cooperation and a united front against terror.”
Ohana said ”the world must realize that we are in the midst of a clash of civilizations. On one side there is a culture that espouses freedom of speech, liberalism and LGBT and women`s rights. On the other side there is a culture that rejects all of these things and inflicts terror. Unfortunately, as Israelis, we have a lot of experience in this struggle, and we must help the western world win this battle, and we will win it, better sooner than later.”
The MKs made the comments during meetings with their counterparts from the France-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group and with the chairwoman of the French National Assembly`s Social Affairs Committee, Catherine Lemorton.
During a meeting with the chairwoman of the National Assembly`s National Defense and Armed Forces Committee, Patricia Adam, MK Elalouf said ”We sympathize with the pain felt by all of Europe, particularly by the Belgians and French, who feel that they are in the same boat in the war against the international wave of terror.”
”Our experience as Israelis has taught us that the war against terror must be persistent and determined, and it requires cooperation between all the countries,” he added.
On Monday the MKs met with French Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, as well as with local Jewish organizations. During the visit, they are scheduled to meet with other senior French officials.