Israel offers France security assistance in wake of Paris terror attacks

Israel has offered France any assistance it requires, including intelligence, in its war on Islamic terror.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
French soldiers patrol the streets of Paris in wake of the ISIS attacks. (AP/Peter Dejong, File)

French soldiers patrol the streets of Paris in wake of the ISIS attacks. (AP/Peter Dejong, File)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday and offered Israel’s support in the wake of the Islamic terror attacks which struck at Paris on Friday night and claimed the lives of at least 132.

While speaking with the French defense minister, Ya’alon expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, wished a speedy recovery to the wounded and discussed strengthening the security cooperation between Israel and France in the war on Islamic terror.

“Israel will provide all the necessary assistance to France, as always, in the fight against Islamic terrorism, both in terms of intelligence as well as operationally. These are also the instructions that were given to the security services in Israel after the attack,” Ya’alon said, according to a statement released by his office.

“We are on the same page with regard to the fight against this terrorism which threatens the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world. We are here to provide you with any assistance required, as always, and are ready to continue the extensive cooperation between the two countries in the resolute and determined war that is required of all of us against Islamic terrorism,” he continued.

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“I look forward to seeing you in Israel early next year so that we can discuss the continued security cooperation between the two countries and how to promote it. For us, there is a very great importance to this,” Ya’alon told Le Drian.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed Saturday night that Israel provided France with intelligence vital on the Paris attacks. He also ordered Israeli security and intelligence agencies to give France and other European countries all assistance needed in their fight on their domestic Islamic terrorism.