U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price condemned the terrorist attack that killed three people and left four wounded in the central Israel city of Elad on Thursday, calling it despicable when asked about it during his daily press briefing.

Price said he saw the news just as he was walking into the daily State Department briefing.

“If these reports are accurate, and there is certainly no reason to doubt them, it would be the latest in what has been a string of despicable terrorist attacks that have rocked Israel in recent weeks,” he stated. “We saw them in advance of this holy period—the confluence of Easter of Passover of Ramadan. We saw them in advance of the Negev Summit, and if this is what it appears to be, it is something that we would condemn in the strongest terms.

“Our commitment to our Israeli partners, Israel’s security, is ironclad,” said Price, “and we’ll provide any and all assistance that may be required in this case.”

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