Leaders of Israeli parties across the political spectrum and abroad expressed outrage and grief on Wednesday in response to a deadly set of twin terror attacks that killed a Jewish teenager and wounded 20 other people in Jerusalem earlier in the day.
Israel Police raised the alert level across the country following the attack.
“Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, 18 how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.” Deut. 25:17-18
In a brief tweeted statement, incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences “on behalf of all the citizens of Israel” to the family of the young yeshiva student who was “murdered today in the heinous attack in Jerusalem. May his memory be blessed.”
Netanyahu also spoke with journalists after visiting the wounded at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, saying, “We will do everything to restore security to the citizens of Israel as soon as possible.”
Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke with Netanyahu and updated him on the details of security operations taking place in response to the attack, after which Netanyahu thanked Lapid for the security update and said he strengthens the efforts to capture the terrorists.
President Isaac Herzog also issued a statement, saying, “The dual attack that happened this morning will not weaken us or undermine our faith in the righteousness of our way, and in our right to live a peaceful and safe life in the Land of Israel and in our country, including in Jerusalem, our Eternal Capital.
“In the face of hateful terrorist elements, and despicable and vile terrorists, we will continue to stand firm and determined and prove that there is no power in the world that will break the cohesive Israeli spirit.
“On behalf of the people of Israel, I share in the pain of the families of the victims, I pray for the safety and healing of the injured, and I strengthen the hands of the security forces whom I trust and am confident that they will act with full force to eradicate terrorism in general and those responsible for today’s terrible attack, in particular.”
Otzma Yehudit party leader Itamar Ben Gvir visited the scene of the first explosion, where he strongly condemned the attack and called on the government to “extract a heavy price from terrorism.
We must return to targeted assassinations.
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