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Israeli Officials Condemn ‘Terrible’ Las Vegas Massacre

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DEBORAH DANAN

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led the chorus of condemnation from Israeli officials over the mass shooting in Las Vegas and said that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the U.S. 

“On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow,” Netanyahu said. “Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you.”

President Reuven Rivlin wrote to President Donald Trump, “The people of Israel join me in sending our deepest sympathy to you, to the participants in the festival, the people of Las Vegas and to all the people of the United States following this shocking attack which took the lives of so many innocent people and injured so very many more.”

“We stand with you as you mourn the terrible loss of life and injury following this senseless attack on people who had merely gathered together to listen to music,” Rivlin continued.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tweeted on Monday, “Israel grieves with the American people over the senseless loss of innocent life in the horrific massacre in Las Vegas.”

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted, “The hearts of all Israelis are with the American people on this day of profound tragedy. We pray for the wounded. God bless you.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein directed his tweet at his American counterpart Paul Ryan: “Dear Paul Ryan. Deepest condolences on the Las Vegas tragedy. We stand with you and the American people at this difficult hour.”

Zionist Union MK and Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni tweeted her condolences: “Horrific massacre in Las Vegas. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims.”

Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality building was lit up in the American flag in a show of solidarity with American victims of what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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