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President Reuven Rivlin on Friday joined other world leaders in expressing sympathy and outrage over the terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday which resulted in the deaths of 13 people and more than 100 injured – some of them in critical condition,
In a letter of condolence to King Felipe, Rivlin wrote:
“We have heard with horror and shock of the vicious terrorist attack in Barcelona that has taken the lives of so many innocent people and injured so many more. Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Spain at this difficult time. Sadly, we, in Israel, are no strangers to the horror and grief that follows such murderous attacks and can truly understand the pain you all feel now.”
As he has stated on previous occasions when terror has struck elsewhere in the world including Israel, “Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism, whether it takes place in Barcelona, Paris, Istanbul or Jerusalem. These horrific events once again prove that we must all stand united in the fight against those who seek to use violence to stifle individual liberty and freedom of thought and belief, and continue to destroy the lives of so many.
“The people of Israel share with me in mourning the sad loss of life and suffering.”
Rivlin asked the king to convey Israel’s sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the people of Spain and expressed the nation’s wishes for a speedy recovery to all the injured.