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September 22, 2013 10:51 am

Israel’s Peres Offers Condolences to Kenya President Kenyatta for Lives Lost in ‘Unfinished Act of Terror’

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Israeli President Shimon Peres offered condolences Sunday to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta after Somali Islamist terrorists stormed the partially Israeli-owned Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds, including foreigners  and members of Kenyatta’s family. They took hostages to extend the crisis. Israel forces were reported to be helping the Kenyan Army end the standoff.

In a letter sent to Kenyatta, Peres wrote: “I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the people of Kenya on the horrific terror attack in Nairobi. From the Holy Land we pray for the release of the hostages, the full recovery of the injured and comfort for the families of the victims.”

“Terrorism is a global threat and those who perpetrate it make no distinction between young and old, men and women. There is no justification for the murder of innocent civilians and Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the Kenyan government and people at this difficult time. We in Israel know the pain of terror and will do whatever we can to support the people of Kenya.”

“What we know until now is that 59 innocent people, children, mothers have already lost their lives in this unfinished act of terror. Two hundred more are wounded in the hospitals,” Peres wrote. “First of all our hearts are with the families, we pray in Jerusalem for their memory, we pray for the recovery of the wounded and we pray for Kenya to be freed from this terrible inhumane event.”

“We must also look at the wider picture; terrorists are killing not only innocent people but innocent countries. They are destroying country after country. They don’t care what the damage is and it is an international issue. It’s a phenomena that now we see one of its peak but not its end. If all nations don’t make an effort, of an immediate nature and take overall measures we will continue to face danger to innocent people and countries. We pray from Jerusalem for the memory of the dead and for the health of the injured. May God Bless Kenya.”

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  • Matt

    A lot of reason for the attack put forward by experts, they are still under the pump after the joint offensive between Kenya, Ethiopia, the AU and Somali forces. So you can understand their thinking a spectacular attack got the US to decamp in the 90’s so if the US left maybe Kenya will also leave in response. As far as recruitment goes the offensive have had an effect on their force structure but international recruits that trickle through before and after the attack will not fix that. The numbers are to small enough for more terror attacksw. What they would hope as with al-qaida in Yemen is to inspire attacks in western countries by low wolf compartmentalized decentralized cells that will act in their name or allow their operatives in those host nations to recruit. A lot of this young guys are disenfranchised, have sympathy for terrorism, yet have not be willing to act on those belief. The increased heat on them after this attack from LE and domestic intelligence agencies maybe enough to push them into acting. The end games is the same they want the cooperation and coordination on Somalia by Kenya, Ethiopia, the AU, the Somali government and various western nations to stop. It was that effort that forced them on the back foot and will see them contained. At that point they will no longer be a threat to the Somali state and the containment will be maintained by indigenous Somali forces.