“The state of Israel stands by the Jewish community in this difficult time, as one person with one heart,” declared Naftali Bennett, Israeli Minister for Education and for Diaspora Affairs, as he landed in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Bennett met with the mayor of Pittsburgh Bill Peduto, Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf, and heard from them about the events that have transpired in the day since the massacre.
Afterwards, Bennett met with the leaders of the local Jewish community to offer them his support in the crisis.
Before leaving Israel on Motzoei Shabbos, Bennett said that “when Jews are murdered in Pittsburgh, the people of Israel are in pain. All Jews are responsible for each other. Israel is in mourning and in pain over the terrible act of anti-Semitism. Our Jewish brothers and sisters found themselves under attack in a murderous anti-Semitic attack during prayers. Our hearts are with the families of the injured and the murdered, and our prayer is that this is the last time something like this happens. Jewish blood is not cheap. I am traveling to strengthen the members of the community and to discuss ways we can assist them.”