Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) The  international community will not be terrorized by people who “murder indiscriminately,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday following an attack that killed seven people and wounded dozens in the British capital.  

Speaking during a state visit to Liberia for the opening of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference, Netanyahu said “a somber cloud hangs over this glorious day. This is the cloud of terrorism that has claimed the lives of so many innocent Africans, most recently in Niger and Mali. And in recent hours, another terrible attack was launched on innocent people in the heart of London. We condemn it. We send our condolences to the British people and we pledge our commitment to fight this scourge—this scourge that knows no bounds.

“Together, together here in Africa, in the Middle East, in Europe, everywhere—together, we will defeat them faster. London Bridge will not fall,” Netanyahu said, adding that the terrorists who drove a car into pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing rampage at a nearby market “worship death.” 

Netanyahu joined Israeli officials from across the political spectrum who sent condolences to the government and people of Great Britain following the attack, the second to rock England in less than two weeks. On May 22, a suicide bomber killed 22 and wounded more than 100 at an Ariana Grande concert in the northern British city of Manchester.  

The foreign ministry condemned the attack using the hashtag #LondonBridgeAttack, saying “We stand with the British people at this time.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan added that “Israel stands in solidarity with the UK and London in the fight against terror,” while Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that Israel shares the grief of the bereaved families.

Both ministers fingered Islamic extremism as an “enemy” and called for global intelligence as part of a global alliance against terror. 

Across the ideological aisle, Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid said, “Our prayers are with the UK once again. We are all united against murderous Islamic extremists who want us dead just because of who we are,” while Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog said he was “appalled by another horrific terror attack in the UK. 

“My thoughts are with the British nation. We must unite and work together to defeat terror,” Herzog said.

 

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