Israeli and Jewish Leaders Condemn France’s Bastille Day Terror Attack
JNS.org – Israeli and Jewish leaders condemned the bloody Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France on Thursday that has left at least 84 people dead.
“Israel strongly condemns the terrible terror attack. Israelis stand united with the French people,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
“Israel is willing to help the French government fight this evil until it is defeated,” he added.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote a letter to his counterpart French President Francois Hollande where he urged a united front against terrorism.
“On behalf of the Israeli public, please accept our deepest condolences over this terrible incident,” Rivlin wrote. “We must work together to eradicate terrorism, and wherever terrorists hide — we will find them. Israel and the Israeli people stand shoulder to should with France and its public in the face of this evil, as should all of the free world.”
The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) said it was “horrified” by the attack that occurred on Bastille Day, a holiday marking the beginning of the French Revolution that is viewed as a day of national unity in France.
“The hydra of terrorism has struck again,” CRIF said in a statement. “More than ever, the national community must be united and strong. The fight against terrorism must also be global. The terrorists have the same objectives in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and around the world.”
The terror attack occurred late Thursday night when a truck was rammed through crowds of pedestrians who were attending a fireworks show marking Bastille Day in France.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was behind Thursday’s massacre. Bouhlel, who had reportedly lived in Nice, was described as a loner and not particularly religious by neighbors, and was only known to police for committing petty crimes and was not suspected to have been radicalized.