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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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