Netanyahu speaks with rabbi of Pittsburgh synagogue

'I express appreciation for dignified way that he has represented the Jewish community of Pittsburgh in the wake of this horrific attack.'

Tzvi Lev,

Pittsburgh massacre
Pittsburgh massacre
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Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to the rabbi of Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue to wish him condolences on last week's deadly anti-Semitic attack that killed 11 congregants.

‏I called Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue to send once again my condolences to the bereaved families and to express my appreciation for the dignified way that he has represented the Jewish community of Pittsburgh in the wake of this horrific attack on Jews," said Netanyahu.

"‏I want to thank all the leaders in the United States and around the world who have condemned this horrendous antisemitic attack."

‏Netanyahu added that "I want to thank President Trump for going with his family to pay their respects to the dead and to visit the wounded, and for his powerful statement that “those seeking their [the Jewish people’s] destruction – we will seek their destruction.”

Trump visited Pittsburgh and the Tree of Life on Tuesday. Following the visit, Rabbi Myers said that he "was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the President that I don't think America has ever seen".

Suspected shooter Robert Bowers is facing more than two dozen charges related to the bloodshed.

During the 20-minute shooting attack, Bowers fired on congregants and guests with a rifle and three handguns. Thirteen people were shot inside the Tree of Life synagogue, 11 of them fatally.




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