Rabbi, Children Murdered in Toulouse Buried in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The bodies of the rabbi and three children murdered in Toulouse Monday arrived in Israel early Wednesday aboard a French military plane. Thousands of Israelis attended their funeral a few hours later.

Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, 30, his sons Arieh, 6, and Gabriel, 3, and the daughter of the principal, Miriam Monsonego, 8, were shot dead Monday at Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish day school.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who accompanied the bodies as his government's representative, was greeted upon arrival by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

At Jerusalem's Har Hamenuchot cemetery, Juppe told the thousands of mourners that attacks on Jews in France are tantamount to attacks on all French citizens. He said his country would do whatever it takes to prevent such an "unbelievable tragedy" from ever happening again. "France will not tolerate terror," he said.

Following the funeral, Netanyahu welcomed Juppe to Jerusalem, saying he appreciated the "clear and decisive stand" taken by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government.

In an apparent reference to E.U. policy chief Catherine Ashton's remarks, Netanyahu noted the "substantial difference" between deliberate terror attacks and "unintentional strikes against civilians that are part of legitimate actions to fight terrorism."

Commenting on the attack Tuesday, Ashton said, "When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway last year, we know what is happening in Syria and we see what is happening in Gaza and other places."

Israelis were outraged by the comparison. Her spokesperson later issued a statement from E.U. headquarters in Brussels saying her remarks had been "grossly distorted."

"High Representative Catherine Ashton strongly condemns the killings at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse," the statement read, noting that she "did not draw any parallels whatsoever between the murders...and the situation in Gaza."

Netanyahu said there's no place for blurring the lines.

"If we do not make this distinction, if we allow such a mendacious analogy, then the terrorists have won. If we make this moral distinction, then we will have defeated terrorism," he said.

On the day of the attack, French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent a condolence letter to Netanyahu saying he was "shocked and outraged" over the murders.

Meanwhile in France, the 24-year-old al Qaeda member who confessed to the murders has been holed up in a multi-family dwelling in Toulouse. He told police he will surrender this afternoon, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters earlier today.

If that doesn't happen, Cedric Delage, regional secretary for a police union, said law enforcement will try to take him by force.

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