Israel founded as a haven for Jews under threat: Netanyahu (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 03/22/12)
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Israel was set up as a haven for Jews whose lives were threatened,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday as he met the
families of four people killed in a French shooting attack.
Three French-Israeli children and a teacher, who were gunned down on
Monday morning at a Jewish school in southern France, were buried in
Jerusalem on Wednesday during a funeral attended by thousands.
During a condolence call to Eva Sandler, who lost her 30-year-old
husband Jonathan and her two sons, Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 4,
Netanyahu said Israel was created as a safe haven from just such
"I saw the depth of the grief and pain of a young mother who is
feeding a baby, who lost her husband and two of her little children,
the agony of life cut short and hope which was crushed, and I think
to myself: what cruelty, what barbarity can cause a man to do an act
which is so inhumane," he said.
"For these murderers, wherever a Jews walks, every centimetre of land
he walks on, is occupied territory. From their perspective, Jews have
no place in the world. They want to murder Jews wherever they are,
and for that reason the state of Israel was established," Netanyahu
He then went on to meet the family of seven-year-old Myriam
Monsonego, whose father is the principle of the Toulouse school where
the shooting occurred.
French Ambassador Christophe Bigot said he had come to show
France´s "strong solidarity" with the bereaved families.
"Those kids were our kids. They were French kids and also Israeli
kids," he said, speaking in English. "We are engaged in a very
determined fight against terrorism."
In the evening 250 people gathered silently in Tel Aviv to pay
tribute to the victims of the Toulouse shootings.
"We are here to express our support for the families after what
happened," Leah Bismuth told AFP.
Other participants held up banners that said: "Hatred has no limits,
and so does our support." (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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