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Party chiefs mourn Jerusalem terror attacks, send messages of support to security forces

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

ZAKA personnel clean blood off the ground at the scene of an explosion near the entrance to Jerusalem, on November 23, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
ZAKA personnel clean blood off the ground at the scene of an explosion near the entrance to Jerusalem, on November 23, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Several leaders from across Israel’s political parties condemn this morning’s terror attacks in Jerusalem and send their condolences to the victims and their families.

One person was killed and at least 20 injured in explosions at two buses at entrances to the city.

Far-right Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich, who until recently had his sights set on the Defense Ministry in Israel’s forming government, tweets that the “hard morning in Jerusalem” “takes us back to sights that the brain remembers, but the heart wants to forget,” in presumed reference to the bloody Second Intifada that raged in the early 2000s.

“At this time, I only ask to send a speedy recovery to the wounded and strength and a big hug to the security forces,” he adds.

Right-wing Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman, who is expected to move to the opposition, also sends condolences and “gives strength to the security forces, the police and the IDF and trust them to do their mission to capture the criminal terrorists and those who sent them.”

“Terrorism requires us to act with a heavy hand every day of the year,” the hawkish finance minister adds.

At the other end of the political spectrum, center-left Labor leader Merav Michaeli also denounces the “dreadful terror attack in our capital” and says that “security forces will do everything to locate the terrorists and bring them to justice for this despicable attack.”

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