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January 16, 2015 11:58 am

Israelis Overwhelmingly Support Netanyahu’s Visit to Paris After Attacks

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a mass rally in Paris following a week of terror atrocities in France. Photo: Wikimedia.

JNS.orgPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent trip to France following three Islamist terrorist attacks that killed a combined 17 people caused some controversy, but the overwhelming majority of Israelis support both his visit to Paris and his conduct while there, a new Israel Hayom poll shows.

French President Francois Hollande had reportedly opposed Netanyahu’s participation in the massive anti-terrorism march in Paris on Jan. 11 because the Israeli leader’s presence would be “divisive.” Yet 75 percent of Israelis surveyed by Israel Hayom said Netanyahu made the right decision by going to the march. Only 16 percent of respondents said he should not have gone, and another 9 percent were undecided on that question.

Another issue raised by Netanyahu’s visit was whether he should have issued a call for French Jews to move to Israel. Some saw his comments as offensive because they might have implied that France is incapable of protecting its own citizens. But most Israelis side with the prime minister. When asked if Netanyahu conducted himself appropriately when he urged French Jews to make aliyah, 66 percent of respondents said yes and 25 percent said no.

Additionally, more than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents said Israel is the safest place in the world to live as a Jew.

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  • Are Israelis becoming delusional?

    Attacks on Netanyahu are becoming ridiculous. If we were living in less dangerous times these constant attacks on the PM could be ignored, but here we are, living under an existential nuclear threat from Iran and Netanyahu, the only Israeli leader, apart from Ya’alon, who has demonstrated that he understands the magnitude of the Iranian threat, is constantly being attacked for absurd reasons.

    What is going on with Israelis? People become zombies when Netanyahu is mentioned. Anybody but Bibi, they say. And this from people who have never read the Koran or hadith, let alone know anything about Shi’a eschatology, the Twelvers or the Mahdi. Herzog and Livni are leading in the polls as if lowering the price of cottage cheese will defend Israel from Ayatollah Khamenei and his 9 point plan to destroy Israel. This flight from reality is becoming dangerously delusional.

    Bibi is blamed for everything. He is accused of being pushy for walking in the front line of the Paris demonstration, for being there in the first place, for walking along with Abbas as if it were his fault that the French invited Abbas while at the same time President Hollande declares that “Ces fanatiques n’ont rien à voir avec la religion musulmane” – ” these fanatics have nothing to do with Islam” and Obama convenes a summit on Violent Extremism ( should have been named the Newspeak Summit).

    As I write this, news is coming in of two dead in anti-terrorism raid in Belgium while Nasrallah is declaring Hezbollah ready for war beyond Galilee

    I just hope that by March 17 Israelis will pull their heads out of the sand. Israelis just cannot afford to repeat the mistake Americans did and elect an Iran appeaser. The consequences would be catastrophic.

  • Bernard Ross

    His Job is to warn the fool euro Jews to get out of the cesspool before they are drowned. Euro Jews appear to be afflicted with the same denial as they had before the shoah. Euro rabbis should be telling Jews to leave europe so they dont kill more Jews like they did last time they advised Jews to stay.