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November 18, 2014 3:21 pm

Obama Condemns Jerusalem Attack, Says Majority of Palestinians Want Peace

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President Obama addressing the nation about the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: White House. – U.S. President Barack Obama, who “strongly” condemned the murder of four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, also said that “the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace” despite the fact that various Palestinian factions have expressed support for the terror attack.

Two Arab terrorists from eastern Jerusalem attacked worshippers inside the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue with butcher knives, axes, and guns, killing four rabbis—three of whom were American citizens.

“There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement, adding, “This is a tragedy for both nations, Israel and the United States.”

Despite Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s public condemnation of the attack, his adviser—PA Chairman Sultan Abu Al-Einein—called the attack a “heroic operation” on his Facebook page and referred to the terrorists as “martyrs.”

A Fatah spokesperson also said that his group “welcomed the martyrdom-seeking operation (Istish’had) in Jerusalem,” and was “escorting the martyrs (shahids) of the Abu Jamal family to paradise,” Palestinian Media Watch reported.

Palestinian leaders and media outlets also blamed the terrorist attack on the recent death of an Arab bus driver in eastern Jerusalem several, despite autopsy findings showing that the driver committed suicide.

Meanwhile, Hamas-affiliated social media pages were filled with graphic posts on Tuesday exhibiting violent and anti-Semitic cartoons that praised the terror attack. One of the images showed the terrorists wielding knives and axes while the victims are lying bleeding on the floor. One of the terrorists holds a bloody ax and a knife while exclaiming “Where are they?”—to indicate that he is seeking more victims.

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    As a Christian I am appalled at the murder of these 3 great rabbis and a dedicated Israeli policeman.

    I am also appalled at the weak and morally equivalent nonsense articulated by Pres. Obama. The president needs to clean out the anti-Israel termites that infect his national security staff and the State Department.

    Fortunately, we in the military respect Israel. Our Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman,Gen. Dempsey, sent American military personnel over to Israel to learn from the Israelis.

    Sympathy is extended to all Israelis and all Jews.

    However, firm action, not platitudes is needed in order to force the Obama administration to realize that these rabbis were US citizens and it is US citizens that are being murdered.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg · Top commenter

    The world does not care about Jews or Israel.The third intifada has begun. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • rulierose

    ok. can we now please stop pretending that a) the Palestinians are actually peace-loving, and b) Obama gives a rat’s patootie about Israel?

  • Jonah

    Wouldn’t we all know what he is really thinking. Hmmm…the Arab spring, IsIs, Iran, nuclear weapon, last hope, won’t fall for bogus peace agreement, getting these Jews is more difficult than sticking jello to the wall with a knife, we need to get some newly elected officials that will sell out their fellow countrymen, where’s my prayer rug…Alaaaah Akbar, Alaah akbar.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Three of them were US citizens, president Moron, sir.

  • Rabbi Kahane was right. Jewish blood is not cheap. Never forget, never again. RABBI Dr. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, only son of holocaust survivors.

  • Dante

    This majority of Palestinians who wants peace seems to be a rather silent one.

  • thinkingman

    of course that’s what he says he is defender and apologizer in chief for muslims all over the world. A worse president America could not have.