Israeli leaders respond to deadly Sinai terror attack

Education Minister Naftali Bennett sent his condolences to the people of Egypt and called for the ‘enlightened world’ to unite to combat terrorism.

November 24, 2017 16:26
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Israeli leaders respond to deadly Sinai terror attack

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister office in Jerusalem January 8, 2017. . (photo credit: ABIR SULTAN / REUTERS)

Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum responded to Friday's terror attack in Sinai that left at least 230 people dead.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett sent his condolences to the Egyptian people. Bennett suggested a new world order is now being created in which “the distinction,” he said, ”is between terror supporters like Iran and ISIS and supporters of humanity.”

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Bennett called for an international coalition to include Russia, Europe, the US, Israel as well as the Arab world, saying, “we have all been hurt by terror”.

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid also extended his condolences to Israel's southern neighbor.

"Our condolences to the Egyptian people who suffered a horrific terror attack today. We must all stand together in the fight against this indescribable evil," wrote Lapid on Twitter.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon strongly condemned the attack.

"What a horrific and heartbreaking terror attack in Egypt. An attack on a mosque, a house of worship, is particularly despicable. We send our condolences to the families and wish a speedy recovery to those wounded," Danon wrote on Twitter.

MK Oren Hazan [Likud] called on Israel to send immediate humanitarian aid to Egypt.

Using social media to address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hazan reminded him that "after the earthquake you offered humanitarian aid to Iran despite it being an enemy country and a terrorism exporter - it is therefore our moral duty to aid our neighbor [Egypt] with whom we have a peaceful relationship."  

Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog wrote in Arabic on his Twitter page expressing his condolences. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Egypt”, he wrote.

Former Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon claimed that "the axis of evil had struck a heavy blow today in Egypt" and stated that "together we can defeat it." Ya'alon said that terrorism is a shared enemy for all people and states who favor peace and tolerance.

Zionist Union MK and former Minister of Defense Amir Peretz tweeted that the El-Arish attack is “a terrible human tragedy” and wished on behalf of the people of Israel “a quick recovery to those wounded and consolations to families of the hundreds of those killed.”

“This is the time for solidarity with the Cairo government and the people of Egypt. To increase [our] security cooperation and push back against those seeking to shake [our] regional stability,” said Peretz.

Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan expressed his deepest sympathies with the people of Egypt and called for a united front against radical Islamic terrorism.

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