Israeli leaders condemn Nice terror attack

Gideon Saar (Likud), Israel's former Interior Minister wrote that the attack was a "mass murder of people" who believe in the French values; Trump suspends VP pick after tragedy.

July 15, 2016 09:00
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People cross the street with their hands on thier heads as a French soldier secures the area July 15

People cross the street with their hands on thier heads as a French soldier secures the area July 15, 2016 after at least 60 people were killed along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14. . (photo credit: REUTERS/JEAN-PIERRE AMET)

Following a deadly terror attack that claimed the lives of up to 84 people overnight Friday in Nice, France, Israeli leaders condemned the horrific tragedy and offered their support to the French people in solidarity.

"The vile terrorism has returned in full force and destroyed the celebration of freedom, equality and fraternity," Israel's opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) said on his Twitter page Friday.

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"This is our generations world war. my condolences to the French nation and the families of the killed and wounded."

President Reuven Rivlin sent on Friday morning a letter of condolence to French President Francois Hollande following the mass casualty terrorist attack in Nice.

Rivlin wrote, "It is with pain and sorrow that I must once again write and express my deepest condolences, and those of all the Israeli people, following the horrific terror attack in Nice."

He added that "Israel stands with France and the Israeli people stand with the French people, shoulder to shoulder in the face of this terrible evil, as should the whole free world. We must work united to reach the terrorists, their supporters and backers, wherever they may hide"

Gideon Saar (Likud), Israel's former Interior Minister,  posted on social media that the attack was a "mass murder of people" who believe in French values and said "my heart is with the French nation and the families of the large number of victims."

Israel's former president Shimon Peres said "we embrace the French people who are suffering from this tragic terror attack."

He added that "world leaders must come together and fight global terrorism." 

US presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed condolences for the victims of the attack and postponed the announcement of his running mate.

"In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement," Trump said in a Fox News interview. "We will announce tomorrow when it will be."

Trump, who has proposed banning Muslims from "terror states" from entering the United States, said in another Fox News interview that the attack in France showed the United States and the rest of the world needed to get tougher in the fight against Islamist militants.

"This has to be dealt with very harshly," Trump said.

Hillary Clinton, Trumps Democratic rival, also condemned the attack stating that "once again, it appears the terrorists have struck at one of our closest allies in Europe," adding that "Every American stand in strong solidarity with the people of France, and we say with one voice: we will not be intimidated."

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