Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Deadly Bombing in Bulgaria: ‘All signs point to Iran’

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Netanyahu on deadly bombing in Bulgaria: ‘All signs point to Iran’

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Israel’s government is blaming an attack at a Bulgaria airport that took at least five lives and injured dozens on Iranian terrorists….READ MORE

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Full Text Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Statement on Terrorist Attack on Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria: Today’s Attack Is A Reminder Of The Scourge Of Terrorism

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Romney: Today’s Attack Is A Reminder Of The Scourge Of Terrorism

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-18-12

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on today’s terrorist attack in Bulgaria:

“The terrorist attack today in Bulgaria is a sobering reminder that the scourge of terrorism continues to threaten all free people. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and to all Israelis who have been the targets of such brutal and cowardly violence for so long. We must stand together in the fight against terrorism, and we must prevail.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: US President Barack Obama’s Statement on Terrorist Attack on Israeli Tourists in Bulgaria

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Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack in Bulgaria

Source: WH, 7-18-12

I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event. These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous. The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.

Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks Following the Terror Attack in Bulgaria

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks Following the Terror Attack in Bulgaria

Source: PMO, 7-18-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding security consultations following the terror attack in Bulgaria. 

The Prime Minister said: “All signs point towards Iran.  Over the last few months we have seen Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. Exactly 18 years to the day after the horrendous attack on the Jewish Community Center in Argentina, deadly Iranian terrorism continues to strike at innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it.”

The Prime Minister sends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Israel Brief July 18, 2012: 7 Israeli Tourists Reported Dead in Bus Explosion Terrorist Attack in Bulgaria

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7 reported dead in explosion on bus carrying Israelis in Bulgaria

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Smoke rising from the Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, after a terror attack on an Israeli tour bus, July 18, 2012. (Burgasinfo)
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Smoke rising from the Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, after a terror attack on an Israeli tour bus, July 18, 2012. (Burgasinfo)

At least seven passengers reportedly were killed in an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in what is being described as a terrorist attack.

Israeli and Bulgarian outlets reported that as many as seven people were killed in the explosion Wednesday afternoon at Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, a city on the Black Sea Coast popular with Israeli tourists. At least 33 passengers have been rushed to the hospital, and nine are missing, reported the Bulgarian news agency Novinite.com. The explosion hit one of three tour buses carrying Israelis, Israel’s Channel 1 reported. Some 40 people are reported to have been on the bus, and several media outlets have described the passengers as “Israeli youth.”

The explosion occurred while the bus, which was scheduled to take the Israeli tourists to their hotel, was still in the terminal. Some news reports said a suicide bomber boarded the bus as it was taking the Israeli tourists to the terminal. Others quoted Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov as saying that explosives were in the luggage area of the bus.

The explosion occurred on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.

“All signs point to Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “In just the past few months we’ve seen Iran try to target Israelis in Thailand, Indian, Georgia, Cyprus and more. The murderous Iranian terror continues to target innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react forcefully to it.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Expresses Deep Sorrow over the Passing of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

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PM Netanyahu Expresses Deep Sorrow over the Passing of Rabbi Elyashiv

Source: PMO, 7-18-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses his deep sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv among the most important Torah leaders of our generation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the following:

“In his rulings, Rabbi Elyashiv made a deep impression on the ultra-orthodox world and on the entire Jewish People. In his teachings, he outlined a path for many, who drew their strength from his wisdom and his sharp thinking. Rabbi Elyashiv’s way was to love the Torah and humanity, to be self-effacing and to maintain the sanctity of life.

Today, the Jewish People have lost a sharp and incisive rabbi, a wise man of great stature, an emissary who was faithful to the values of the Torah and who gave to others. We mourn his passing.”

Jewish Brief July 18, 2012: Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, leading halachic authority, dies at 102

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Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, leading halachic authority, dies at 102

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox and considered this generation’s leading halachic authority, has died….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 18, 2012: Israeli Knesset Rejects Proposed Universal Military Draft Law

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Israeli Knesset rejects proposed universal draft law

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

Israeli lawmakers voted down a bill that would have required all Israelis to enlist in the army or perform national service at the age of 18, including the haredi Orthodox and Arabs….READ MORE 

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