Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, issued a powerful and poignant condemnation of the heinous terror attack in Tel Aviv in which four people were killed and about ten were wounded.
Writing on Facebook, Trump stated, “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the outrageous terrorist shootings that took the lives of at least four innocent civilians and wounded at least twenty others in Tel Aviv yesterday. The Israeli security forces’ investigation is ongoing, but some facts have already emerged — and they are grim.
“Just as fast as the condolences arrive from the civilized world is the praise arising out of the uncivilized one. Hamas praised the attack, calling the attackers ‘heroes.’ Reports out of Hebron indicate that residents of the terrorists’ hometown lit up the night sky with celebratory fireworks. One Palestinian ‘news organization’ even referred to the shootings, in which the assailants dressed up as observant Jews, as a ‘Ramadan treat.’ The leader of Hamas called the injured terrorist a ‘hero.’ How despicable!
“The American people stand strong with the people of Israel, who have suffered far too long from terrorism. Israel’s security is a matter of paramount importance to me and the American people.
“We understand all too well the unspeakable horror that terrorism unleashes. To address it — and address it we must! — we must recognize the parallel horror of the culture of religious hatred that permeates many Palestinian quarters. From schools that indoctrinate toddlers to grow up to kill Israelis to the daily menu of hate that spews forth from various ‘news organizations,’ change is long overdue in the Palestinian territories.
“Let us begin the arduous task of creating a future where peace can take root and terror finds no refuge.
“I express my deepest condolences to the families of the four Israelis who were murdered, as well as my wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.
“Donald J. Trump”