JERUSALEM, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended Israel's condolences to the families of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other officials at the American embassy in Libya who were murdered Tuesday night by Islamic terrorists.
"The people of Israel grieve with the American people. We send our condolences to the families," Netanyahu said in a statement posted on the Prime Minister's Office website.
"If there's any people in the world that understands what Americans are going through, what they went through on 9/11, it's the people of Israel, who've been standing at the forefront of the battle against terrorism, who've lost loved ones and who deeply sympathize with the people of America at this time," the statement concluded.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said the loss of four Americans "is shared by your friends around the world."
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the timing of the attacks on the anniversary of 9/11 "proves this is a long and difficult battle against those who believe in sowing death and destruction and only their excuse changes every time."
"The rioters who attacked the American diplomatic missions are people who want to impose their views and beliefs at any price and for them the ideals of freedom of speech and freedom of conscience are concepts that are to be removed from this world together with all Western culture," Lieberman said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website.