Israel sends condolences, vows to stand with UK to defeat ‘scourge of terrorism’
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Israel sends condolences, vows to stand with UK to defeat ‘scourge of terrorism’

Jerusalem ‘deeply shocked’ by attack outside British parliament in which assailant kills 3, including a policeman

Armed police officers enter the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Armed police officers enter the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2017 after the House of Commons sitting was suspended as witnesses reported sounds like gunfire outside. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Israel condemned the deadly attack in London’s Westminster on Wednesday and offered its solidarity with the victims and with the people and government of Britain.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in a statement: “Israel expresses its deep shock at the terror attack in London today and its solidarity with the victims and with the people and government of Great Britain. Terror is terror wherever it occurs and we will fight it relentlessly.”

Israel has faced a wave of Palestinian car-ramming, stabbing and shooting assaults since 2015.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, expressed his country’s support to his counterpart, UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely defends the Regulation Law in a recorded statement released February 8, 2017. (screen capture: YouTube)
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (screen capture: YouTube)

“Israel stands as one with the British people as we all work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism. We send our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,” said Danon.

In a ritual that has followed many similar such attacks, Tel Aviv City Council was lit up in the Union Jack colors. The move was a symbol of “solidarity” with London, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai wrote on Twitter.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who last month visited London for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, was on a plane coming home from a visit to China when the attack occurred.

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain’s seat of power, mowing down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and about 20 others were injured.

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