Foreign envoys make solidarity trip to terror-struck Sarona
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Foreign envoys make solidarity trip to terror-struck Sarona

Escorting diplomats, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid condemns Palestinians celebrating ‘death and destruction’

Leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid speaks to the press, along with foreign diplomats, after visiting the Max Brenner restaurant, the site of a June 8, 2016, terror attack, at Sarona Market, Tel Aviv, on June 10, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid speaks to the press, along with foreign diplomats, after visiting the Max Brenner restaurant, the site of a June 8, 2016, terror attack, at Sarona Market, Tel Aviv, on June 10, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

More than 20 foreign ambassadors to Israel made a visit of solidarity to the Sarona food market in Tel Aviv on Friday, two days after a devastating Palestinian terror attack there left four Israelis dead and more than 15 others wounded.

The envoys were accompanied by the police commander of the Yarkon District, Yehuda Dahan, and the head of the Yesh Atid party, MK Yair Lapid.

“This is a battle between two cultures,” Lapid said. “One loves democracy and the energy of people who simply want to live, while the other celebrated death and destruction.

“They were celebrating yesterday in Ramallah, Nablus and Gaza. Celebrating what? The death of a young woman who was supposed to get married a few weeks from now? The death of a father of four?” asked Lapid in reference to two of the four victims.”

“We need to celebrate life,” he said.

Among the envoys was the Italian ambassador to Israel, Francesco Talo, who praised the quick return to normal life after the deadly attacks.

“What Tel Avivians are doing is important. The terrorists lose when they see that people here are enjoying life. We came to tell the terrorists that we are not afraid of them,” said Talo.

The Austrian envoy to Israel expressed a similar sentiment, saying that it was important to see how people move on from such an event.

“This was pure terror. It could have been me or a friend [sitting] at that same cafe,” said Martin Weiss.

The visit came on the heels of a parade of politicians Thursday to the Max Brenner cafe targeted in the attack, among them by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Construction Minister Yoav Galant, Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz, and Zionist Union MKs Tzipi Livni, Shelly Yachimovich and Erel Margalit.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 9, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 9, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Margalit told reporters that he expects decisive action on the part of Palestinians to stop terror, and has also asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to block inciting messages on their networks.

Zionist Union party members, Tzipi Livni and Shelly Yachimovich, visit Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 9, 2016, the morning after a fatal terror attack took place there. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Zionist Union party members Tzipi Livni and Shelly Yachimovich visit the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 9, 2016, the morning after a fatal terror attack took place there. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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