US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated America’s commitment to Israeli security on Wednesday afternoon following a pair of bombings at two bus stops in Jerusalem that left at least two Americans injured and a Canadian-Israeli Yeshiva student, Aryeh Shechopek, 16, dead.
“The United States stands firmly with the people of Israel in the face of the terrorist attacks that occurred this morning in Jerusalem,” Blinken said in a statement released by the US State Department.
The highly sophisticated bombing, the first of its kind in Jerusalem in years, injured 19 people. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have welcomed the attacks.
Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the attacks.
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“We unequivocally condemn the acts of terror perpetrated overnight in Jerusalem,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The United States has offered all appropriate assistance to the Israeli government as it investigates the attack and works to bring the perpetrators to justice. We mourn the reported casualties and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The United States stands with the government and people of Israel.
Other foreign ministries also condemned the bombings, including the United Arab Emirates, which established relations with Israel under the 2020 Abraham Accords. “We wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” they said in a statement from their embassy in Tel Aviv.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly called the attacks “heinous”. “My heart is with the victims’ family, friends, Jewish communities and those affected by this tragic attack. [Canada] stands with the people of Israel,” she said.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that this type of combined attack was different from what Israel has seen in recent years and that it was increasing security force deployments in the Jerusalem area to prevent further attacks. and prosecute the perpetrators, who remain at large. “The State of Israel has dealt with terrorism since the day it was founded,” Lapid said.
Lapid also raised the case of a Druze Israeli, Tiran Fero, 17, who was taken to a hospital in the West Bank city of Jenin following a car accident where Palestinian gunmen disconnected him. Tuesday from the life support system, took away his body and are now holding it for ransom. Israeli authorities said they were working to recover the body. New Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the kidnapping “an act of savagery by a savage”.
The incidents are part of a wave of violence that has claimed the most Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives since the so-called “stabbing intifada” of 2015-2016. Far-right Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has said he will seek the security ministry in the new government, said on Twitter that it was time to take a “tough hand” against terrorism. “We have to demand a price for terrorism, we have to go back to targeted killings, we have to impose a curfew on the village where the terrorists come from… It’s time to establish a right-wing government as soon as possible. Terror doesn’t wait,” he said. said from the scene of one of the bombings.