Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called Friday for the Palestinian Authority to take action against violence by Palestinian terrorists, shortly after an Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on his family’s car in the West Bank.
“Yet another terrorist attack today in Israel — a father, shot at by a Palestinian terrorist, was killed while driving his car, and three of his children who were passengers were severely injured,” Trump wrote on Facebook.
“I condemn this latest terrorist attack and call upon the Palestinian leadership to completely end this barbaric behavior,” he wrote.
“I also call upon President Obama to recognize and condemn each and every terrorist attack against our allies in Israel. This cannot become the ‘new normal.’ It has to stop!”
Yet another terrorist attack today in Israel — a father, shot at by a Palestinian terrorist, was killed while driving…
A day earlier, Trump urged the PA to take steps to halt incitement to violence, in his response to the “heinous murder” of 13-year-old Israeli-American Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her home in the settlement of Kiryat Arba.
“I am shocked by the heinous murder of 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while she was sleeping in her bedroom. I extend my deepest condolences to the Ariel family,” Trump said.
“The continuing incitement and preaching of hate by the Palestinian leadership, and the glorification of terror must end immediately. I call upon the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to condemn this murder and to take concrete steps to end this barbaric behavior.”
I am shocked by the heinous murder of 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while…
By Saturday afternoon, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had yet to condemn either attack, although he has condemned previous violence against Israeli civilians. The PA also came under criticism for referring to Ariel’s killer as a “martyr.”
Trump vowed Thursday that as president he would protect Israel “100 percent,” telling a supporter at his rally in New Hampshire that, “Israel is a very, very important ally of the United States and we are going to protect them 100% — 100%. It’s our true friend over there.”
He criticized the question from his supporter who said he was “opposed to wasting our military in the Middle East on behalf of Zionist Israel.”
“That was a tough question on Israel,” Trump said later. “That was nasty. Whoa.”
The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, also condemned Ariel’s killing on social media, retweeting a post by her foreign policy adviser Laura Rosenberger, who wrote Thursday: “Heartbroken by the heinous terrorist murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel. No child should be in danger in her home.”
Heartbroken by the heinous terrorist murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel. No child should be in danger in her home. https://t.co/xpN5J7871S
— Laura Rosenberger (@rosenbergerlm) June 30, 2016