Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the response to the Paris terrorist attack needs to a be unified, international action.
“The people of Israel send their condolences to the people of France over the brutal acts of savagery in the heart of Paris today,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “The attacks of radical Islam know no boundaries – these are international attacks and the response has to be international. The terrorists want to destroy our freedoms and our civilization.”
“And therefore, all the free countries and all the civilized societies have to band together to fight this scourge. And if we stand together and if we are not divided, then we can defeat this tyranny that seeks to extinguish all our freedoms.”
Netanyahu expressed again “the sympathy that all the citizens of Israel feel for the people of France and for the grieving families.”
“We are experiencing these attacks time and again, we know the pain but we also know the resolution with which free societies can defeat terror – however dreadful, however threatening.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the assault on Charlie Hebdo magazine, in which 12 were killed, a “very terrible terrorist attack.”
“It was a horrendous, unjustifiable and cold-blooded crime. It was also a direct assault on the cornerstone of democracy, on freedom of expression,” Ban told reporters.
“This horrific attack is meant to divide. We must not fall into that trap. This is a moment for solidarity. Around the world we must stand strong for freedom of expression and tolerance and stand against the forces of division and hate.”