Israeli, World Officials Condemn Terror Attacks: ‘This Takes Us Back to Sights We Want to Forget’


Police and security personnel at the scene of the terror attack in Ramot, Wednesday. (Olivier Fitoussil/Flash90)

Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the terror attacks in Yerushalayim on Wednesday morning that left one Jew dead and dozens wounded.

Netanyahu said he is “praying for the health of the wounded people in the coordinated terror attack in Yerushalayim this morning, and [I] send my support to the security forces who are operating on the ground.”

Israeli police inspect a damaged bus following an explosion at a bus stop in Ramot, Yerushalayim, Wednesday. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid is to convene a special security meeting later in the day.

President Yitzchak Herzog said that the terror attack “will not weaken us.” “The attack won’t weaken our belief in our right to live a safe and peaceful life in Israel.”. He added: “We’ll continue to stand against hateful terrorists and terror organizations, and prove that nothing will break our spirit.”

Leader of the Religious Zionism party Betzalel Smotrich, who aimed at taking the post of Israel’s next defense minister, also posted his reaction on a “hard morning in Yerushalayim.”

“This takes us back to sights that the brain remembers but the heart wants to forget. At this time I only ask to send complete healing to the wounded, and reinforcement and a big hug to the security forces,” he wrote.

The scene of the terror attack near the entrance to Yerushalayim. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Leader of the Otzma Yehudit party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is a top candidate for the public security minister position in the new government, issued a statement following the first attack.

“I am on my way to the scene of the painful and sad attack, where an explosive device has returned us to the Intifada time. It is time to act with determination and a hard hand against the terrorists, it is time to organize the country,” he wrote.

Upon arriving at the scene, he said that Israel has to “bring back targeted assassinations” and put more restrictions on prisoners convicted of security crimes.

“Terror needs to pay a very, very, very high price,” Ben-Gvir told reporters, adding that Israel should stop the Palestinian Authority’s payments to families of terrorists, and “enact a lockdown and go house to house.”

The White House the bomb blasts and said the United States had offered to help Israel in its investigation of the attacks.

“We condemn unequivocally the acts of terror overnight in Jerusalem. The United States has offered all appropriate assistance to the Government of Israel as it investigates the attack and works to bring the perpetrators to justice,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

“We mourn the reported loss of life and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The United States stands with the Government and people of Israel.”

Lisa Stadelbauer, Canada’s ambassador to Israel, wrote that she is “heartbroken” to “confirm that a young Canadian lost his life in this morning’s reprehensible terror attack in Jerusalem.

“Our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to others wounded in this attack. Canada continues to condemn all forms of terror,” she added.

EU Ambassador to Israel Dimiter Tzantchev said he was “horrified” by the attacks.

“Horrified by the terror attacks in Jerusalem that killed one person and left many people injured, including some in critical and serious conditions. I express my deepest condolences to the family of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to all injured. Terror is never justified,” he wrote.

U.K. Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan also expressed his support for the victims of the attacks.

“I am shocked by the terrorist attacks this morning near Jerusalem, that killed one person and injured many others. Our deepest sympathies to those affected and their families and friends. The U.K. stands with Israel against terrorism,” he wrote.

The U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim wrote: “U.S. Embassy condemns in strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks on public locations in Jerusalem and offers sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones. We are closely monitoring the situation. Terrorism is a dead-end that accomplishes absolutely nothing.”

There were no claims of responsibility for the attacks.

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