Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part early Thursday afternoon in a Torah scroll completion ceremony, inking the final letters in a Torah scroll dedicated to the memory of four Jewish men murdered in last month's terrorist attack at the Hyper Cacher market in Paris – Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham and François-Michel Saada.
This was the first of four Torah scrolls being prepared in memory of the four victims, two of which will be completed in synagogues in Paris and two at the Western Wall.
After inscribing the letters, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:
"I express the feelings of the Jewish People regarding these victims, who are part of our people and who were murdered just because they were Jews, in terrible anti-Semitism that is sweeping across Europe. Many European governments are still not ready to point to the source of the new anti-Semitism – extremist Islam.
"To my regret, we saw an expression of this spirit yesterday at the UN, when they refused to condemn Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the murderous attack against our forces [last week].
“On the one hand, in Europe they refuse to call the child by its name, or at least they are not ready to grab the bull by the horns and say that the source of the new anti-Semitism and the murderous attacks that are running rampant around the world, this terrible brutality against Jews and against non-Jews, is extremist Islam.
“I share not only in the grief of the families, but in the feelings of the entire Jewish People who understand that the attack in Paris was an attack on all Jews wherever they are. If these murderers had the ability, they would kill all Jews wherever they are.
"By the way, they say this very clearly; therefore, there is no alternative to Jews defending themselves – first and foremost in the state of the Jews. Governments that line up against this anti-Semitism will discover its source."