TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “horrified by the savagery” of a shooting attack on a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday and expressed solidarity with the victims.
The Israeli leader stated, “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people.”
The mass shooting, which left at least 26 people dead, occurred at 11:30 on Sunday morning at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, east of San Antonio. The gunman was shot and killed by police.
President Reuven Rivlin also tweeted a message of support. “Terrible news coming out of #Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families,” he wrote.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely also took to Twitter to express her condolences: “Heartbreaking news of the tragic massacre at #Texas Sutherland Springs church. #prayersfortexas”
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, described the shooting as an act of “terror.”
“Terror that penetrates into a house of prayer is particularly evil and cruel, and seeks to undo decades of bridge building by and between people of faith,” Eckstein said. “Sadly, there are people who want to turn us back toward old circles of hatred.”