World Jewish Congress urges measures to combat jihadist terrorism, considers reopening Paris office
Lauder also meets with Egypt’s President al-Sisi, Israel’s PM Netanyahu
PARIS – World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder today met with French President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace in Paris to discuss the situation of the Jewish community in France in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in France, in which 17 people and the three terrorists were killed. Lauder praised the turnout of 3.7 million people at Sunday’s solidarity marches in France as a “strong signal” and also lauded the French authorities’ response to the attacks. Lauder also told Hollande that the WJC is considering re-opening a representative office in Paris given French Jewry’s importance, which the French president welcomed. Hollande also pledged that all Jewish sites in France would be protected by thousands of police officers and if necessary by the French military.
Lauder arrived in Paris from Cairo, where on Sunday he conferred with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The two men discussed the situation in the Middle East and the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and agreed on the need to combat terrorism. Lauder praised Sisi’s latest speech in which he urged tolerance, acceptance of others and combating terrorism, and he highlighted that the necessity of combating terrorism not just through words, but also through actions.
Sisi called to pool international efforts against terrorism not just on the military and police level but also economically, socially and culturally.
In Paris, Lauder also met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the response to the terrorist attacks and the situation of Jews in Europe.
The WJC president also conferred with WJC Vice-President Roger Cukierman, the head of the French Jewish umbrella body CRIF, and thanked him for his strong leadership in these testing times. “Roger is doing a fantastic job and everyone is proud of how he is handling this difficult situation,” said Lauder.