25 FEB 1994

STATEMENT BY ISRAELI PRESIDENT EZER WEIZMAN REGARDING THE HEBRON MURDERS

Following is a statement by the President of State of Israel Ezer Weizman, in reaction to today’s murder of Arab worshippers by a Jewish assailant in Hebron:

Today is a terrible and difficult day for Jew and Arab in this land. There is no understanding, no forgiveness, and no atonement for this horrible act. I extend my condolences to the families, the citizens of the city of Hebron, and the Arab population throughout the world.

This act must not be allowed to hurt the peace process and the chance of building a new reality of cooperation in the region.

At this difficult time, I call upon all the people of this land, leaders, clergy, Jews and Arabs, Christians and Moslems, to grieve together over every needless loss of life, to show restraint, and to prevent further deterioration, either by word or deed.