Israeli Prime Minister, President Express Condolences to American People in the Wake of Sandy Hook Tragedy


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres expressed condolences to the American people over Friday’s deadly shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and left 27 people dead.

“I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,” wrote the Prime Minister in a letter to President Obama, “We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring.”

“I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones,” he continued, “May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.”

Also in a letter to President Obama, President Peres wrote “On behalf of the people of Israel, as friends and as parents, we stand with you today in contemplation and grief over the atrocious, incomprehensible massacre of 20 children and six adults – educators – at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

“No experience with death can be likened to that of a parents’ loss of their child. No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child,” he said in the letter.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also posted a video message to the American people on YouTube, in which he said, “I can tell you from our own experience that we understand the pain and the agony, and we feel we are one family with you and I can only pray that God will give you the strength as he has given us to overcome this tragedy.”


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