President Rivlin: This attack against the LGBT community in Orlando is as cowardly as it is abhorrent. The Israeli people stand shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters in the moral and just fight against violence and hatred.
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
On Sunday evening, 12 June 2016, President Reuven Rivlin wrote to US President Obama to express his condolences following the attack in Orlando. President Rivlin wrote, "Once again we feel the pain of terrible loss as we see the blood spilled of young and innocent people. There is no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them.
"This attack against the LGBT community in Orlando is as cowardly as it is abhorrent. The Israeli people stand shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters in the moral and just fight against all forms of violence and hatred. On behalf of all of Israel, I send my condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for a speedy recovery of the injured."
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning (Monday, 13 June 2016), made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting about the attack in Orlando, Florida:
"We are all shocked at the horrific massacre in Orlando. On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I would like to again express our condolences to the American people and the families at this especially difficult hour. This terror threatens the entire world and it is necessary – first of all – that the enlightened countries urgently unite to fight it. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people.”
OnSunday evening (12 June 2016) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest condolences to the American people following last night’s horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando.
Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this moment of tragic loss.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a full and speedy recovery to the wounded."