The White House condemns the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and regrets the loss of life
The White House condemned “unequivocally” the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem early Wednesday that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured more than a dozen others.
“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,” the White House said in a statement from press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“We regret the reported loss of life and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The United States stands with the government and people of Israel. As President Biden emphasized during his visit to Israel in July, our commitment to Israel’s security is rigid and unbreakable,” the statement continued.
Two bombs exploded at rush hour bus stops in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning in what police say is the first bomb attack against Israeli citizens in six years. Police suspect the blasts came from remotely detonated explosive devices left in bags full of keys.
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The 16-year-old victim, identified as Aryeh Shechopek, lived in Jerusalem as a dual citizen of Israel and Canada. Hundreds attended his funeral on Wednesday.
The attack comes amid a tense political environment for Israel, where former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to form a majority government after being rejected and possibly return to the country’s most powerful position.
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid promised that the terrorists will be caught.
“We’ll get to them,” Lapid said. “They can run away, they can hide, it won’t help them. The security forces will get to them. If they resist, they will kill them. If not, we will deal with them with the full severity of the law.”
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with President Biden in October at the White House, where they discussed how to strengthen their alliance to keep Israel safe. Herzog presented Biden with the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor in Jerusalem in July.