Listing a multitude of terrorist attacks in Israel -- as well as several attacks by the Islamic State (IS) around the world -- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said they showed "we are in a world war," the Jerusalem Post website reports today (January 19, 2016).
Valls made the statement yesterday at a Paris hotel in an address before some 350 listeners -- mostly from the Jewish community -- during an event organized by CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities. Valls joins several other national and religious leaders -- including Pope Francis -- in asserting that we are now in a world war being waged by the radical Islamic State, in its unrealistic, unattainable, and delusional goal to have Islam control the world.
In explaining the reasons for the existence of a terrorist threat in France, Valls noted "upheaval in the Arab world" and "the reality in certain neighborhoods in France, where young people are being radicalized."
"There are more and more terrorist attacks all over the world. In France, Burkina Faso, in Jakarta, in Israel, it keeps happening and it shows we need to learn to live with it," Valls said.