JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli intelligence services reportedly are helping France investigate the Paris attacks that left at least 129 people dead.
In a statement issued Saturday night about the Paris terrorism of the previous day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had “instructed Israel’s security and intelligence forces to assist their French counterparts and their counterparts from other European countries in any way possible.”
Israel’s minister of intelligence, Yisrael Katz, later clarified Netanyahu’s statement, telling reporters that intelligence co-operation among Israel, France and other European countries is “ongoing,” but that “intelligence material relevant to what happened has been relayed, and we will also deepen the cooperation.”
Katz added that the information would help the French and other countries deal with the aftermath of the attack and future attacks, Reuters reported.
Israel’s Army Radio reported Sunday that some intelligence may have come from Israel’s surveillance of Syria and Iraq, two strongholds of the Islamic State terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.