President Reuven Rivlin issued a statement Friday evening, following a shooting terrorist attack that killed 25-year-old Danny Gonen and lightly injured another, both from Lod.
"The murderous attack that occurred today is another step in the quiet and serious escalation in acts of terrorism we have witnessed in recent months," Rivlin said.
He assured that security forces would continue to scan the area until those responsible for the attack are brought to justice.
A "clear and decisive condemnation of such criminal acts should be heard from both the Arab leadership, which bears responsibility for terrorism emanating from its territory, and from leaders of the Arab community in Israel," he said.
Rivlin extended his condolences to families of the victims, and deemed as unacceptable a situation in which "a young hiker has his life taken from him in the land of Israel, because he is Jewish."