President Shimon Peres on Saturday sent a letter to US President Barack Obama expressing condolences over the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.
"As friends and parents," Peres wrote that the Israeli nation shares the US' deep sorrow over the terrible and incomprehensible murder of 20 children and 6 teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"There is no crime more shocking than the murder of children," Peres continued, stressing that the "collective heart of the people of Israel" is with the families of the victims, with the grieving community of Newton, Connecticut, and with the American people as a whole.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you," Peres concluded.
The massacre, one of the worst mass shootings in US history, was perpetrated on Friday by heavily armed gunman Adam Lanza, 20.