The State of Israel joins the American people in celebrating the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Hamas PM Haniyeh condemned the ‘murder’.
PM Netanyahu: Elimination of Osama Bin Laden
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
The State of Israel joins the American people on this historic day in applauding the successful strike against Osama Bin Laden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates US President Barack Obama, America’s military and its intelligence services on this great accomplishment.
"This is a resounding victory for justice, freedom and the common values of all democracies that are resolutely fighting shoulder to shoulder against terrorism."
Dep FM Ayalon congratulates the U.S. on killing Bin Laden
(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon praised the American administration and its armed forces for killing Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
"As someone who was Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. during the formative years of the war on terror, I can testify how hard the administrations in Washington worked to bring Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders to justice," said Ayalon. "This is a vital psychological tipping point in the war on terror and will send a clear message to terrorists and extremists everywhere that they are not immune."
"This successful operation proves that sometimes the West needs to take extraordinary measures to defeat terror and provide security for its citizens."
Dep FM Ayalon is currently visiting the Baltic nations and today will speak and participate at a ceremony at Paneriai where 70,000 Jews were brutally murdered during the Holocaust. "This successful operation sends the important message that terror and evil will find no permanent shelter and will eventually be destroyed, just as the Nazis decades before," Ayalon said. "The rejoinder to remember and never forget is not about revenge, but about seeking justice. Regardless of time murderers and terrorists will receive the justice they deserve."
DM Barak congratulates US on elimination of Osama Bin Laden
(Communicated by the Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak congratulates US President Barack Obama, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Pentagon leadership and the heads of the US Armed Forces on the successful strike against terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
"This is an important achievement for the US in the global war against terrorism. In this operation, the US has shown determination and operational daring. We have again seen that the leading democracies of the world have a common struggle against terrorism, which will be decided by a multi-faceted joint effort that is far from over," the Defense Minister said.
Meron Reuben, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, in regards to a recent comment by the leader of Hamas in support of Osama Bin-Laden:
"Earlier today Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, condemned the operation that killed Osama Bin-Laden, referring to him as a saint and an Arab-Muslim Holy Warrior. These troubling statements remind us that Hamas remains a dangerous terrorist organization dedicated to perpetuating violence against innocent civilians, providing further proof that the international community should be concerned about reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
Israel welcomes the successful US operation against Osama Bin-Laden and remains fully committed to the international community’s battle against terrorism."
Hamas PM Haniyeh condemns the ‘murder’ of Osama bin Laden (Al-Manar TV, 2 May 2011)
Anchor: Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh today condemned the murder of Osama bin Laden calling it a continuation of the US policy of spilling Arab and Muslim blood:
Haniyeh: While his murder is still unconfirmed, if true we regard this as a continuation of the US policy based upon oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood. Despite differences of opinion in the Arab and Islamic realm, we most certainly condemn the murder of this Arab and Muslim Holy Warrior. May Allah have mercy upon him and may he take his rightful place together with the Martyrs and the Righteous.