Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman came away from the Paris solidarity rally on Sunday with a bleak picture of public sentiment in Paris.
“I saw here complete solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo newspaper victims, but what stood out is that solidarity with the victims of the Hyper Cacher attack was almost not felt,” Lieberman was quoted as saying by Ynet.
Lieberman also cited a conversation with the head of security for the Jewish community in Paris, who expressed concern over the outpouring of support on social media for the terrorist who perpetrated the massacre at the kosher supermarket.
“Thousands of tweets support him and the web surfers are naming their children after him,” he said.
Lieberman asserted that the French authorities have yet to comprehend the problem.
“Despite high alert in recent years, there have been three attacks against Jews on the continent: In Toulouse, in Brussels and now in the Hyper Cacher. Europe in general and France especially must change their priorities. The Europeans have not yet internalized what their central problem is. We are in contact with the French regarding the war against Jihadists.”
Regarding the appearance of the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in the front row of the march, Lieberman was unimpressed.
“It says nothing. Abbas does everything in order to get away from the possibility of dialogue. He is willing to come to Paris with a moment’s notice but is not willing to come to Yerushalayim to speak with us. He is looking for confrontation and distance.”