Israel Brief October 22, 2014: US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

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US condemns ‘despicable’ Jerusalem terror attack

Source: Times of Israel, 10-22-14

State Department still will not confirm that 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was an American citizen…READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 22, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Response to Jerusalem Terrorist Attack — Transcript

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PM Netanyahu Holds Security Consultation

Source: PMO, 10-22-14 

22/10/2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held a security consultation in conjunction with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino and ISA Director Yoram Cohen.

In the telephone consultation, the Prime Minister was updated on the details of vehicular terrorist attack in Jerusalem; he ordered that security forces in Jerusalem be reinforced. “This is how Abu Mazen’s partners in government act, the same Abu Mazen who – only a few days ago – incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” the Prime Minister said.

Israel Brief October 22, 2014: Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

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Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

Source: JTA, 10-22-14

The driver of the car that crashed into a train station attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police. READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 22, 2014: US Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem — Transcript

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Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

Source: State.gov, 10-22-14

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
October 22, 2014
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.

Israel Brief October 22, 2014: Three reported injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

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Three reported injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

Source: Times of Israel, 10-22-14

Police shoot suspect who attempted to flee the scene; car collided with pedestrians at Ammunition Hill light rail station…READ MORE

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 3, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Barack Obama

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PM Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Obama

Source: PMO, 2-2-13

יום כ”ב שבט תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns the terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Turkey and shares in the sorrow of the Turkish people.

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent the following letter to US President Barack Obama:

“Dear Mr. President,

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Ankara.

Such acts of wanton violence remind us of the dangers faced by those who courageously represent us abroad and of the threats which those who despise freedom continue to pose to those who love liberty and life.

Our hearts are with you, with bereaved family members, and with the American people.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu”

Israel Political Brief July 20, 2012: US Official: Bulgaria Bomber a Hezbollah Operative

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U.S. official: Bulgaria bomber a Hezbollah operative

Source: JTA, 7-20-12

The suicide bomber who perpetrated the attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, was a member of Hezbollah, U.S. officials said….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 20, 2012: Burgas Terror Victims Laid to Rest

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Burgas Terror Victims Laid to Rest

Source: Israel National News, 7-20-12

Yitzchak Kolangi, Amir Menashe, Maor Harush, Elior Preis, Kochava Shriki, murdered in Burgas, laid to rest Friday.

Yitzchk Kolangi (Itzik) of Petach Tikva, 28, who was murdered in Burgas by terrorists, was laid to rest Friday at Segula Cemetery in Petach Tikva. His brother eulogized him, saying: “Thank you for being my brother – you are my brother forever.”

“I will never forget you. I promise you that the family and I will guard over your wife, Gilat, and your daughter, Noya, who resembles you. My dear brither, watch over us from above.”

Gilat, Itzik’s wife, is hospitalized and could not attend the funeral because of her condition.

Ttzik’s friend Amir Menashe, 28, also of Petach Tikva, was also laid to rest at Segula. His wife, who was injured in the terror attack, attended the funeral in a wheelchair.

Maor Makhluf-Harush of Akko, 25, was laid to rest at the Nahalat Asher Cemetery near Kfar Mecher. His good friend Elior Preis, also from Akko, will be laid to rest at the cemetery at 4:00 p.m.

Kochava Shriki, 44, of Rishon LeTzion, was laid to rest at the Rishon LeTzion Cemetery.

Israel Political Brief July 19, 2012: Attack on Israeli Tourists Prompts Fears of Escalating ‘Shadow War’ with Iran

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Attack on Israeli tourists prompts fears of escalating ‘shadow war’

Source: Washington Post, 7-19-12

The suicide bombing of a Bulgarian bus packed with Israeli tourists has stoked fears of a deadly new phase in the long-running “shadow war” between Iran and Israel, with ordinary civilians now apparently replacing diplomats as primary targets….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 19, 2012: Victims of Burgas, Bulgaria Terror Attack Flown Home to Israel; PM Netanyahu: ‘Iran is engaged in global terrorism’

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Victims of Burgas attack flown home; PM: Iran is engaged in global terrorism

Source: Haaretz, 7-20-12

The 36 Israelis injured in Wednesday’s suicide attack have all arrived back in Israel, while the bodies of the five Israelis killed were due to arrive home before dawn this morning….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 19, 2012: Deadly Bulgaria Attack Survivors Recall Chaos, Tragedy

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Deadly Bulgaria attack survivors recall chaos, tragedy

Source: JTA, 7-19-12

Survivors of the terror attack in Bulgaria recount the gruesome scene….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 19, 2012: US President Barack Obama Speaks with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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US President Barack Obama Speaks with PM Netanyahu

Source: PMO, 7-19-12 

US President Barack Obama, last night called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed his condolences over the deaths of Israelis in the terrorist attack in Bulgaria. The two agreed that Israel and the US would work together in investigating the attack.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked US President Obama for the call and said that Iran and Hezbollah are conducting a campaign of terrorism around the world.  “Iran is a global terrorism state. It must bear the consequences,” the Prime Minister said.

Full Text Israel Political Brief July 19, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement About the Terror Attack in Bulgaria

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement About the Terror Attack in Bulgaria

Source: PMO, 7-19-12 

Photo by GPO

Yesterday’s attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hezbollah, Iran’s leading terrorist proxy.  This attack was part of a global campaign of terror carried out by Iran and Hezbollah.  This terror campaign has reached a dozen countries on five continents.  The world’s leading powers should make it clear that Iran is the country that stands behind this terror campaign.  Iran must be exposed by the international community as the premier terrorist-supporting state that it is.  And everything should be done to prevent Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, from developing the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Israel is a strong country and the people of Israel are a strong people.  We’ll continue to fight against the terrorists and to exact a heavy price from those who support them.

Israel Brief July 19, 2012: Planes with Wounded Return to Israel from Bulgaria; Names of Dead Announced

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Planes with wounded return to Israel; names of dead announced

Source: JTA, 7-19-12

The names of the five people killed in the deadly attack on Israelis tourists in Bulgaria were released as Bulgarian media offered details of the alleged bomber….READ MORE

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

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

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