In addition to the statement, Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a special condolence letter to the Norwegian king and people. In an excerpt of the letter posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, Peres said, “The people of Israel are shocked and share the grief of the people of Norway on the despicable murder of innocent civilians and innocent youth. Our hearts are with the bereaved families who have lost that which is most dear to them. We pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.”
While Israel and Norway have differences in culture, climate and politics, the Israelis have tragically experienced a great deal of terrorism over the years—including bombings and shootings of students. For example, in March 2008, a lone gunman murdered seven at an Israeli seminary in Jerusalem.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu—according to a transcript of his comments from Sunday’s [July 24] weekly cabinet meeting posted on the Prime Minister’s Office Web site—reiterated their condolences and noted the tragic link between the two nations.
“We in Israel completely identify with this disaster and declare our deepest shock over this crime,” said Netanyahu. “We have experienced it from other directions, and we know the families’ and the nation’s agony. Therefore, I again send the condolences of the state, government, and people of Israel to the Norwegian people, state, and government.”
Posted on July 25, 2011
Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, July 25, 2011)
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