(JNS.org) In the wake of the worst school shooting in U.S. history on Dec. 14—which left 26 dead, most of them children—Israeli leaders wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama to express their shock, outrage and deepest sympathies, Israel Hayom reported.
“Dear President Obama, I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Obama immediately after the shooting.
“We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring. I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones. May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.”
Netanyahu reiterated his condolences at his weekly cabinet meeting on Dec 16.
Israeli President Shimon Peres also extended his sympathies.
“No experience with death can be likened to that of a parent’s loss of their child,” Peres said. “No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child. Our hearts are with the bereaved families of the victims, the mourning community in Newtown, Connecticut and the people of the United States of America. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”