'Heartbroken and Appalled' Israeli PM Netanyahu Releases Statement on Pittsburgh Shooting


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that the people of Israeli are grieving with Americans after Saturday’s mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A gunman walked into The Tree of Life Synagogue during Saturday services and reportedly shouted “all Jews must die” before opening fire on the congregation.

At least eight people were killed and many others were wounded before the gunman was arrested.

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“The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

“We stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, we stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality and we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” he continued.

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett plans to visit Pittsburgh on Saturday to help support the Jewish community there.

He said he has instructed his team to be prepared to offer any assistance that may be necessary.

“The State of Israel is deeply pained by this terrible anti-Semitic murder. Our Jewish brothers and sisters came under a murderous attack while at prayer,” Bennett said in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those killed, and we pray for the swift recovery of the injured, as we pray this is the last such event.”

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President Donald Trump spoke out on his Twitter Saturday morning with words of support for the community.

“Events in Pittsburgh are far more devastating than originally thought,” Trump wrote.

“Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way.”

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Karista Baldwin studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice.
Karista Baldwin has studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice. Before college, she was a lifelong homeschooler in the "Catholic eclectic" style.
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