Areal view of the Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem. (Photo: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90) Areal view of the Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem. (Photo: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)
9/11

The Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem is the only site outside the US that recognizes the names of those killed on 9/11 as well as their countries of origin.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses a conference at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya on September 11, 2014. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

A counter-terrorism conference at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya observed a moment of silence on Thursday in commemoration of September 11, 2001, when 3,000 people were killed at the World Trade Center in New York in the largest terror attack in American history.

“We remember that day 13 years ago and we mourn with you on this day for the thousands who lost their lives in that horrific attack,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated. “All of Israel mourns on September 11.”

“In Gaza, they were dancing on the roofs, he added. “They were handing out candy. That’s the moral divide. We mourn; they celebrate the death of thousands of innocents.”

What if Al-Qaeda – and Iran – had Nuclear Weapons?

The Israeli leader reminded the audience of the danger of Iran and told them just to imagine if Al-Qaeda and other Radical Islamist groups had nuclear weapons when they carried out the 9/11 attack.

“You know they would have used them against New York and against Washington,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared. “These groups have absolutely no moral or other impediments to their mad desires. Once they have massive power, they will unleash all their violence, all their ideological zeal, all their hatred with weapons of mass death.”

Furthermore, “what would happen if the terror regime in Iran will have nuclear weapons?”

JNF Memorial Ceremony for Rescue Workers in Jerusalem

The Jewish National Fund held a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem at the site of the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza attended by Jerusalem District firefighters and rescue workers together with US Marines. US Ambassador Dan Shapiro and representatives of Israeli victims and family members addressed the crowd.

The Living Memorial Plaza, located in the Arazim Valley in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot, is the only site outside of the US that recognizes the names of those killed on 9/11 as well as their countries of origin.

In past years, Israel has issued postage stamps, coins and medals displaying the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in memory of the victims.

Meanwhile, in a speech on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama announced the formation of a coalition of nations to fight the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). Speaking on Thursday on Israel Radio, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that Israel and the US are cooperating in this effort.

Written by: United with Israel Staff