US and Israeli officials respond to synagogue shooting

Israeli officials horrified after Synagogue massacre. Netanyahu following updates while Rivlin says 'our hearts of with the families'.

Tzvi Lev,

Scene of the shooting
Scene of the shooting
Reuters

Condemnation poured in from Israeli politicians and public figures following Saturday's grisly shooting at Pennsylvania's Tree of Life synagogue.

The gunmen, 46-year-old Robert Bowers reportedly yelled "All Jews must die" during the shooting that killed 11. Bauer also shot 3 policemen and is now in custody.

The shooting happened during a Jewish circumcision ceremony and over 80 people were in the building during the attack.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, We are thinking of ’our brothers and sisters, the whole house of Israel, in time of trouble’, as we say in the morning prayers," said President Reuven Rivlin.

"Today the residents of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill community are in mourning in the aftermath of a terrorist shooting attack shattering Tree of Life synagogue’s Shabbat services. We are heartbroken and pray for the victims and their families, including the brave police," added US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett also condemned Saturday's grisly shooting, tweeting that "The State of Israel and the Israeli government received with shock and pain the reports of the terrible attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. We anxiously follow the reports and pray that the event will end soon."

"At the same time, I have now instructed the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to prepare to assist the community in every possible way. Our hearts are with the families of those killed and injured. May the memory of the murdered be blessed. "

Israeli officials say that Prime Minister Netanyahu is closely following the situation in Pittsburgh. The shooting was also condemned by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog.

"A terrible massacre during the Shabbat service at the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Pittsburgh," said Herzog. "We at the Jewish Agency are sore and distressed by the disaster of the warm Jewish community of Pittsburgh. The Jewish Agency is ready to assist in any way to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and expresses its deep sorrow over the loss of life and the injury to the wounded."

First Ladt Melania Trump added that "My heart is broken. The violence has to stop. President Donald Trump said that "Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought. Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way. I will speak to the media shortly and make further statement at Future Farmers of America."

"Monitoring reports of shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Praying for the fallen, the injured, all the families impacted, and our courageous first responders. God bless them all," said Vice President Mike Pence.




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