WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
is applauding US President Barack Obama's condemnation of Tuesday's killing
by a Palestinian gunman of four Israelis traveling near the West Bank
city of Hebron.
Netanyahu said the killings were carried out by
people who do not respect human life and who "trample human rights into
the dust and butcher everything they oppose."
Hamas claimed responsibility for the killings. Hamas rejects Israel's
right to exist and opposes peace talks.
Netanyahu commented after
meeting with Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Obama opened the
latest round of Mideast peacemaking by bringing the Israeli and
Palestinian leaders together for talks in Washington.