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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Expresses Solidarity With Victims of Shooting ‘Savagery’ at Texas Church

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27 people were killed and many more wounded in the gun attack on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Spring, TX. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed solidarity with the victims of Sunday’s shooting attack on a Baptist church in Texas in which up to 27 people have been killed.

Netanyahu said he was “horrified by the savagery in Texas.”

“Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people,” the Israeli leader said.

The mass shooting occurred at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The gunman, who was later shot dead by police, walked in to the church at 11:30 on Sunday morning and began spraying the crowd with bullets.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that on top of the 27 deaths, “many more” had been injured.

Paxton said that “In a small town, I can imagine that these people are devastated. And everyone in the community is going to have some type of close relationship” to those either killed or injured in the shooting outrage.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, said the shooting was an act of “terror.”

“Terror that penetrates into a house of prayer is particularly evil and cruel, and seeks to undo decades of bridge building by and between people of faith,” Eckstein said. “Sadly, there are people who want to turn us back toward old circles of hatred.”

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