THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2014
Statement by the President on Attack in Jerusalem
I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more.
There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence. At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.
BROWN STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SYNAGOGUE ATTACK IN JERUSALEM
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to the attack this morning on a synagogue in Jerusalem where four men were killed, including three dual U.S.-Israeli citizens:
“I condemn the attack of worshipers in any house of faith and am particularly saddened by the brutality of the attack on the Israelis praying in Jerusalem today. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and the families of those who were killed.”
Brown is a cosponsor of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 which would facilitate an increase in U.S.-Israeli cooperation on defense and would reiterate U.S. support for a peaceful negotiated political settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Portman Says U.S. Must Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder with Israel After Attack
Washington, D.C. –Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Jerusalem:
“My prayers are with the Israeli people after today’s horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” Portman stated. “The U.S. must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel and continue our strong strategic partnership in the face of increasing dangers in the Middle East.”
Turner Statement on Jerusalem Synagogue Attack
Washington, DC: Following reports that two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and killed four Israeli worshipers, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement:
"This act of terror must immediately be condemned by the international community. As we mourn the death of the three American citizens involved in today's attack, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families as they attempt to recover from today’s senseless act of violence," said Turner.
"We recognize and support Israel's right to defend its territory and its citizens against further attacks by radical elements such as Hamas. The nation of Israel and its people continue to have my full support,” said Turner.