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January 18, 2015 6:37 pm

Netanyahu Was Right to Attend Paris Rally

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Muslim terrorist shooting at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris "savagery." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Following the horrific terror attacks in France, world leaders marched in Paris against terror – and while French President Francois Hollande proclaimed in front of the cameras, “Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” he urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attend.

To his credit, Netanyahu rightfully attended and marched in the front row. The world’s most prominent representative of the Jewish State must be present at a rally against terrorism – no matter how anyone else feels. No people has been targeted by terrorists as much as the Jews.

When Netanyahu confirmed his attendance, media reports claim that French officials relayed that there would be an adverse effect on ties between the two countries as long as Hollande was president of France and Netanyahu was prime minister of Israel. Netanyahu is the leader of the Jewish State – and if someone does not like it, that is too damn bad.

As Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Revisionist Zionist leader, wrote many years ago:

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We constantly and very loudly apologize… Instead of turning our backs to the accusers, as there is nothing to apologize for, and nobody to apologize to, we swear again and again that it is not our fault… Isn’t it long overdue to respond to all these and all future accusations, reproaches, suspicions, slanders and denunciations by simply folding our arms and loudly, clearly, coldly, and calmly answering with the only argument that is understandable and accessible to this public: ‘Go to Hell!’?

Who are we, to make excuses to them; who are they to interrogate us? What is the purpose of this mock trial over the entire people where the sentence is known in advance? Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. … The situation that has been created as a result, tragically confirms a well known saying: “Qui s’excuse s’accuse.”

We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest.

We do not have to account to anybody, we are not to sit for anybody’s examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them and will leave after them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change and we do not want to.

Ronn Torossian is a regular contributor to The AlgemeinerRead all his columns here.

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  • John

    David Cameron and the European politician just don’t get it. I think they need oil and hence cozy up to islam. They say only a minority is radicalized. This radicalization is in the mind of most of the muslims. Maybe there are few muslims who just remain with a passive attitude. But the whole religion is one of violence against anyone other than muslims. My problem is with our politicians, because even after seeing these terrorists and their mayhem, the blind politicians call it a “peaceful religion.” No terrorist minded people should be integrated into our societies. This is their tactic: slowly infiltrate into all countries and gain footing gradually and then strike. In the meantime, you politicians, be “brain-washed” by this religion and be fooled. What are you doing with anjam chowdhary in your country? He recently justified the French attack. You people just don’t get it.

  • Straightshooter

    Thank you, Bibi, for representing all of our tribe! I applaud your strength, determination and integrity, to stand up for and say what is right in a world that has always reviled us for being a light unto the nations.

  • Alison Weston

    Please tell me that that scumbag Abbas was not invited to attend the march in Paris, I thought he must have gate-crashed it. How dare he show his face. Pure insanity prevails – though I have to say French politics always appears skewed, untrustworthy

  • shelly leibowitz

    What a beautifully written article. Reading it from South Africa, (with grandchildren in Israel) I agree with him; I couldn’t imagine Bibi not going to France. yes he did the correct thing.

  • charlie johnson

    WAYDAGO BIBI! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

  • Suzette

    THANK GOD FOR PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND FOR HIS COURAGE AND INTEGRITY AS HE STANDS FOR RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF THIS HORRIBLE TERROR AND UNRELENTING HATE! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU WITH SAFETY AND WITH GOD’S FAVOR! THIS PRECIOUS LEADER OF ISRAEL IS A TRUE HERO!

    THERE ARE MANY TRUE CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA THAT ARE HANGING OUR HEADS IN SHAME AS OBAMA SHOWS HIS SICK HEART THAT IS SO FULL OF INSINCERITY AND EVIL INTENTIONS!

    WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF ISRAEL AS OUR GREAT GOD HAS INSTRUCTED US TO! IT IS OUR HONOR TO STAND WITH YOU, DEAR ISRAEL!

  • Leslie D.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu courageously did the right thing to do as a Leader of a great Jewish Nation by attending the rally in France. He is a true Leader. It is a shame that both the past and the present President of France had decidedly turned a blind eye to the constant terror and plight committed upon the Jewish People and the Holy Land. France has shown a deep level of disrespect towards the Jewish Prime Minister. But, Hashem will always protect PM Netanyahu and will guide him at every step of his ways, so that he can protect His people and His land.

  • Milhouse

    He should not have gone, because that meant Abbas was invited as well, which turned the whole thing into a joke.

    • hadassa

      What do you mean, “that meant Abbas was invited as well”? There’s no “as well”, because Netanyahu was NOT invited!

    • steven L

      I beg you pardon. Holland acted stupidly when inviting the Muslim who are footing all the bills of terrorism. Holland showed moral hypocrisy or relativism. When was the last act of terrorism committed by Israel?
      In some ways that could have been a good excuse for Obama no show. He did not want to be with the purveyors of terrorism and the cowards of Europe.

    • theo

      Netanyahu is head of a sovereign state Abbas is not !
      Abbas is in league ( government ) with a declared terrorist organisation, Hamas whose charter and sole aim is the destruction of another sovereign nation
      At home Abbas encourages terror He feeds his youth – as young a five years old – kill the Jews !
      When have you heard Netanyahu say kill the Palestinians ?
      There is no equivalence between the presence of the Israeli leader and that of a terrorist fellow traveller
      For Hollande to treat the two the same is why Paris today is where it is
      If you cannot distinguish that which is patently clear you will ,sure as day follows night , pay the price

    • Pierre Elie Mamou

      firstly, emir o Qatar, bank of terrorism, was invited before anybody. Secondly, Abbas was invited because of France pro arab and judeophobic politic. Netanyahu had the duty and the right to be there.

  • Sonia Willats

    It is a sad day when Hollande, who was greeted by PM Netanyahu with open arms in Jerusalem in the build-up to meetings with Iran, distances himself from the head of the Jewish State.

    But I greatly admire the courage of PM Netanyahu to attend and ensure that he was in the front row.

    That Hollande countered by ensuring that Abbas – frankly a terrorist – was in the front row as well is a reflection on Hollande’s placatory bad judgement.

    It is a pleasure reading Zev Jabotinsky’s words quoted. Israel/the Jewish ppl have NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR. I greatly admire Jabotinsky.

    I would argue that Israel IS better than others (I understand quoted in another context.) She treats her enemies in her hospitals at the same time that they are raining rockets on her civilians and she seeks only peace.

    Kol hakavod, Bibi, for courage to do what is right.

    • Mike

      Israel treats her enemies in her hospitals…What else does she do?

      “An Israeli airstrike in Syria today killed several senior Hezbollah and Iranian military commanders traveling in a convoy in the Golan Heights bordering the Jewish state, according to local media reports.”

  • Carla Isselmann

    Superb and true! Remember one thing: Netanyahu has more courage and brains in his little finger than Obama in his whole head. The world is blessed with Israel and Netanyahu!

    • Reform School

      …and cursed with Obama and his brain-dead lesions.

  • Thelma

    Exactly right kol hakavod to the writer and to zeev jabotinsky and all his followers

  • Jacques Bertrand

    Jabotinsky a bien raison !

  • John rowan

    chicken s*** Obama should have represented us but he probably had to play golf or attend a fundraiser so that no count Democratic Party and Hillary could run

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Sometimes the truth is hiding in plain sight.

      Obama does not attend the great Paris rally against Islamic terrorism.

      Having stated at the U.N. “The future shall not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”, he sees to it that the United States is almost entirely unrepresented at the rally.

      Having “traded” five Taliban commanders for one American deserter (the military report of which continues to be suppressed), he releases several prominent Islamic terrorists to Yemen, (where the Parisian terrorists were trained), just as soon as the streets of Paris are swept.

      Yet few are able, or willing, to confront the obvious truth – that Obama despises the West, and America, and that his sympathies lie with the Jihad.

  • Elle

    My sentiments exactly, Mr. Torossian.

    • charlie johnson

      The golfing parrot was informed of the event but declined the offer to attend because it was not inline with his policy of highlighting police brutality in the world.The police involved were not wearing a cameras.Do you suppose that the liberal politicians may have invested in police camera manufactures? They have to fund their golfing habit.

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