Immediate Response to Attack on Innocent Israelis Vacationing in Bulgaria

Dear Friends,

We are pulling back from posting for a few days in order to gather facts and observations regarding today’s horrifying incident.

Below is the response as noted on the site of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C.

Terror Attacks on Israelis in Bulgaria

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:59

At least seven people were killed and over 20 wounded on Wednesday (July 18th) at 17:30 local time in a terror attack on a bus carrying Israelis at Sarafovo Airport in Burgas, Bulgaria.

PM Netanyahu: “All signs point towards Iran. Over the last few months we have seen Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. Exactly 18 years to the day after the horrendous attack on the Jewish Community Center in Argentina, deadly Iranian terrorism continues to strike at innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it.”

FM Lieberman spoke with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov in relation to the explosion. Mladenov was heading to the site of the blast and said that he would bring Lieberman up to date when he arrives. The Foreign Ministry has formed a team of experts that will fly to Burgas and assist local authorities in the investigation. The Israeli Embassy in Sofia has been mobilized and is ready to assist the team.

Said President Obama, “I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event. These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous. The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.”

Secretary of State Clinton released a statement of support, saying “I was deeply saddened and angered to learn of today’s terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The United States condemns in the strongest terms this heinous terrorist attack against innocent civilians. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones. The United States stands ready to offer any assistance necessary, and we will work with our partners in Bulgaria, Israel and elsewhere so that the perpetrators can be apprehended swiftly and brought to justice for this appalling crime.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement, “The United States condemns such attacks on innocent people, especially children, in the strongest possible terms.”

More later,

Harriet and Bill
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