Statement by FM Shalom in light of Terrorist Attacks in Istanbul, Turkey
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Damage in Neve Shalom Synagogue
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom extended his condolences to Turkey and the Turkish people, the Jewish community in Turkey, and the families of the killed, and sent his wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured in today’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey.
The two terrorist attacks at the two synagogues must be seen within the context of the recent spate of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement in the Arab world, as well in light of the recent anti Israel and anti Semitic remarks heard in certain European cities in recent months.
Today’s terrorist attacks in Istanbul were targeted against Jews who came to pray in synagogue, a place of worship, prayer and peace, as well as of brotherhood. These attacks were perpetrated against Turkey and the Turkish people, and constitute another link in the chain of global terrorism that has struck against Mombasa, Bali, Saudi Arabia, and other targets.
Israel expects the entire international community to strongly condemn today’s terrorist acts, and to take every measure and to use all means at its disposal to fight terrorism and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom will tomorrow (Sunday), November 16, 2003, travel to Turkey in order to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Jewish community leaders and visit the two Istanbul synagogues that were bombed this morning.