Israeli PM condemns California synagogue attack
Jerusalem, Apr 28 (Xinhua/UNI) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the deadly attack in a California synagogue, saying it was an "attack on the heart of the Jewish people."
In a first official comment on Saturday's attack at the start of Israel's weekly cabinet meeting, he said the "abhorrent shooting was an attack on the heart of the Jewish people."
Netanyahu sent condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, which was killed at the attack, best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded.
He urged the international community to increase its struggle against antisemitism.
I condemn the abhorrent attack on a synagogue in California; this is an attack on the heart of the Jewish people. We send condolences to the family of Lori Gilbert-Kaye and our best wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded.— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) April 28, 2019
His office said in a statement that "in light of the upsurge in antisemitic attacks around the world, Prime Minister Netanyahu will, this week, convene a special discussion of all elements dealing with the issue."
On Saturday, a 19-year-old man, identified as John Earnest, arrived at a Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego, California, opening fire at worshipers who were marking the last day of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
He killed Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a 60-year-old woman, and injured at least three others.